Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Birthday Boy a Marvel; Weeks Marks 105 Years Filled with Variety of Experiences

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Birthday Boy a Marvel; Weeks Marks 105 Years Filled with Variety of Experiences

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Byline: Lesley Apps lesley.apps@dailyexaminer.com.au

IT'S a well known statistic that women generally outlive their male counterparts but centenarian Kenneth Weeks is giving those figures a bit of shake up.

Mr Weeks turned 105 on Friday and could quite possibly lay claim to the crown of being the oldest man in the Clarence.

And while reaching the milestone is a feat in itself, his idea of what life should be like in that vintage is astonishing.

He only recently moved into the Grafton Whiddon Group home to receive some extra help after living independently in his own home since his wife Jean died in 1986.

Mr Weeks was regularly seen riding his bicycle around Grafton well into his nineties, is an avid computer user and until moving into care, was enjoying life in his new two-storey place, a recent purchase after the home his family held his whole life, was sacrificed for the new Grafton bridge.

Kenneth (Ken) Weeks came into the world on October 5, 1913, the year after the Titanic sank and a year before the First World War began.

He was born at Braylesford, Dovedale, on the riverbank (now Dovedale St). His parents ran a farm at Carrs Creek and he was educated at Carrs Creek and Grafton Primary and High Schools

Mr Weeks left school during The Great Depression and had trouble finding employment at first. He became a motor mechanic and later, a partner in a garage before moving into truck driving during the days when loading of gravel was done by hand.

He learned to fly a plane but wasn't able to navigate solo due to having low blood pressure. Before WW2, he applied to be a pilot in the Royal Air Force as a cadet pilot but they had stopped recruiting in Australia at that time.

When WW2 broke out, he applied to join the Australian Air Force, but due to his blood pressure issue and small stature, he wasn't accepted. …

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