Celebration of the century


Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with Gordon Ewers on his 100th birthday.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts with Gordon Ewers on his 100th birthday.

Staff and neighbours at Kingsway Court retirement village attended a morning tea on February 2 to celebrate the popular resident’s birthday.

They presented him with a book of written tributes, a compilation of newspaper articles and a DVD featuring activities recorded over his 10 years at the village.

“The whole village turned out for morning tea. It was a lovely moment,” Mr Ewers said.

Festivities continued to the weekend, with his daughters organising friends from around Australia to gather for his birthday.

“When I looked out over all these people I felt very teary to tell the truth; I was rather overwhelmed. I’m vastly touched by it all.”

Mr Ewers’ church held a morning tea after the Sunday service to mark the occasion and he received cards from the Queen, Prime Minister, Governor-General, Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts and other government ministers.

An active member of many of the village’s social groups, he performed with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of WA for more than 40 years and helped run a musical playgroup for toddlers until last year.

Though he never drank alcohol and gave up smoking long ago, Mr Ewers’ advice for a long life was to laugh and sing a lot.