BOB Humphrey has hit his century, celebrating his 100th birthday at St Agnes' Hostel on July 13.
Like many others celebrations during COVID, Bob's was broken down into a couple of smaller events to meet social distancing and other health requirements.
Bob was able to share a small family lunch at a private residence and later kicked up his heels at St Agnes' Hostel 'happy hour' where he shared a lemon squash or two with fellow residents, a beautiful cake and listened to a hearty rendition of Happy Birthday.
Bob's family was able to watch through a window as the residents joined Bob in reminiscing over a slideshow of his life the family had created for this special occasion.
Born on the NSW Central Tablelands at Lithgow on July 13, 1920, Bob completed school and worked in business management.
He joined the air force during the war, became a flight lieutenant and was injured in a plane crash during training.
Even though he recovered, he was not allowed to go into operational duties, because his left leg remained weak. Instead, Bob dedicated himself to his non-operational duties, which included performing mock attacks on trainee bomber crews who practised their skills with cine guns.
"Flying was a pleasant experience. I really enjoyed flying by myself," Bob said.
After the war, he worked in the import/export industry for Brown and Dureau (now known as Amtrade) in Sydney and then for the East Asiatic Company and finally with timber firm John Cook and Sons.
A keen member of the Masonic lodge for nearly two-thirds of his life, Bob also enjoyed tennis and baseball but, after his retirement, golf and bowls were his main interests.
When he retired to Port Macquarie in 1980, he became involved in the local RAAF group and the Probus Club, enjoying regular lunch outings with both groups.
After Bob's wife Phyllis died in 2003, he met and married Yvonne in 2004.
Yvonne still lives in the St Agnes Village complex and visit's Bob regularly.
Bob and Yvonne together share three children and eight grandchildren.
Yvonne has four children and 16 grand children
Asked what advice he would you give to young people today Bob, wisely says, "Just be nice to people and like people. Too many people these days are just not happy."
Bob thanked everyone for their hospitality and joining him in the celebrations.