Port Kennedy man thankful for friends on 100th birthday


Careworkers Lesley James, Maddy Hickey and Danni McGaw stand behind Ron and Mavis Wright.
Careworkers Lesley James, Maddy Hickey and Danni McGaw stand behind Ron and Mavis Wright.

THE excitement of celebrating his 75th wedding anniversary last year has barely worn off for Ron Wright, who on Wednesday became the state’s latest centenarian.

Relaxing with Mavis, his belle of 75 years, Mr Wright said he had received many congratulatory cards from the War Service, the Eagles Football Club, the Queen and heads of government.

“I spoke with my mate the day before my birthday, saying 100 was not bad for an old bloke,” he said.

“He then said – ‘Old? You’ll feel older tomorrow!’.”

Mr Wright said it really was just another day passing.

“It sort of comes on you,” he said.

“I have not got any particular feeling about it. Mind you I was counting down the days at one stage.”

The Wrights were treated to a lunch by their children on Wednesday, May 17.

Mr Wright said the biggest grace of turning 100 was the people still with him.

“The one thing I’m thankful for is that my dear wife is still with me,” he said.

“We both are thankful for the things we have done together, all the travelling and playing bowls at East Fremantle.

“I have a wonderful family that I think the world of.

“I’m also grateful for my new family here at Bethanie that has become good friends. It was good to have some of them along to our lunch on Wednesday.”

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