Age just a number for Hillman resident turning triple figures

Age just a number for Hillman resident turning triple figures

LISA Carroll says age is just a number, as shown by her grandfather, who turned 100 recently.

Since leaving Abbeyfeale, County Limerick, Ireland last century, John ‘Jack’ Foley has lived in Hillman for more than 50 years.

Ms Carroll said he has had a tough, yet rewarding life.

“In his 100 years he has seen a lot, living through the Depression and two world wars,” she said.

“Despite his age, he insisted on living on his own right up until he was 99 years old; he isn’t planning on slowing down any time soon.”

Ms Carroll said he had always set his sights on reaching triple figures.

“He was always waiting for his letter from the Queen, which he received along with congratulations cards and letters from the Prime Minister, Governor-General and Premier, along with lots of cards and letters from family and friends all over the world,” she said.

Mr Foley, known as Jack to his friends and family, celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday, February 17.

“His wife, Helen Foley, died on March 3, 1991,” Ms Carroll said. “He is very well known around the Rockingham/ Kwinana area and he still has many friends who would like to read about how he’s getting on.

“He even has a pub named after him called ‘Jack Foleys’ in his hometown of Abbeyfeale.”

“His sister Nora and her son Neilis own it and they had a big 100th birthday celebration in grandad’s honour.”

Ms Carroll said many family members celebrated Mr Foley’s birthday with him in Forrestfield, including two sisters who travelled from NSW and Queensland.

Jack Foley has 12 children – sons John, David and Dan, and daughters Liz, Gretta, Mary, Eileen, Nora, Margaret, Bridgett, Kathleen and Nora – and 25 grandchildren.