Sixty guests helped Port Macquarie's Harry Toogood celebrate his 100th birthday at Rydges on Saturday night.
He officially turned 100 on February 5 but opted for a weekend party to ensure guests could enjoy themselves.
Harry was born in the tiny village of South Poorton, Dorsetshire on February 5 1920, the first of four boys born one year apart.
In 1929 Harry moved to Somerset and in 1931 he won a scholarship to a private boys school called Sexey's.
Harry is presently the oldest living member of his school.
He excelled at school and after matriculating at age 16 he joined the RAF as an apprentice aircraft fitter (engines and airframes).
He continued his studies and in 1942 was commissioned as a pilot officer aeronautical engineer.
Harry married Pauline Spencer on Easter Monday 1943, prior to being posted overseas to India. He spent three years in Sri Lanka, India and the Burma campaign.
After returning to the UK in 1946, Harry found that there was a surplus of engineering officers. He subsequently transferred to the secretarial branch and undertook various administrative positions at a number of RAF stations.
In 1948 his daughter Lynda was born.
In 1953 Harry was posted overseas again where he spent 18 months in Pakistan as the administrative officer then onto Iraq for another 18 months as station adjutant.
Harry retired from the RAF as a flight lieutenant in 1961 and took up a position as a computer systems analyst with an iron and steel company.
A year later he was promoted to computer operations manager.
But the family's fortunes took another turn when they left the UK after the government froze salaries and took up a position with NCR as a computer systems consultant in Perth.
In 1975 Harry became the computer operations manager for the West Australian governments' Main Roads Department.
He remained there until he retired in 1985.
Unfortunately Pauline had passed away five years early - in 1980.
Harry eventually met Judy in 1983 and they were married in Cowra in 1984. Two years later Judy took a year off work and they travelled around Australia for 12 months.
Harry and Judy lived in West Australia until Judy retired from work in 1998 when they relocated to the beautiful Port Macquarie.
They have enjoyed a number of trips overseas and around Australia.
Harry's hobbies, past and present, have included his love of the computer and gourmet cooking, reading, golf, hockey, bike riding, building and mushroom growing.
Harry is an honorary member of the RAAF station in Perth and has been an active member of Legacy in Perth and Port Macquarie.
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