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Take a moment with Vincent

Sonia Lim 29 Nov 2021

Take a moment with Vincent

Vincent is a resident of our RFBI Goulburn Masonic Village who recently celebrated turning 100 years young!

Bright and active, Vincent moved from Nagambie into the Goulburn community after his wife, Kathleen, passed away so he could be near his son and his family. Vincent walked several kilometres a day and was even driving until he turned 97, when a mini stroke caused his memory to begin to deteriorate. It was from then that Vincent called our RFBI Goulburn Masonic Village his home.

After school, Vincent began an engineering degree which was interrupted by World War II. “I served in the citizen military forces until I turned 21, when I could join the Australian Imperial Forces and was able to serve overseas. I served in New Guinea and islands to the north, such as New Britain,” Vincent shared.

He went on to complete courses that qualified Vincent as a motor vehicle electrician, a general electrician, fitter and turner. After the war, he continued to work in Japan for 15 months to hep restore the operations of several damaged powerplants there. During that time, him and some other Australians there played Aussie rules on ground flattened by an atomic bomb.

We were later told by the army that we likely had little more than five years to live due to radiation exposure,” Vincent said.

Vincent certainly proved them wrong. He went on to work in factories, eventually securing a job inventing and creating chocolate wrapping machines.

Vincent’s happiest memories were spent with his wife, Kathleen. The day they married remains his happiest memory yet. Theirs is one of the sweet love stories shared within our walls.

Since joining our village, Vincent has made countless happy memories. “My most memorable experience since moving into the RFBI Goulburn Masonic Village would have to be the amazing party the village put on for my 100th birthday. I love the security of living here,” Vincent said.

“My meals, washing, medications and entertainment are all taken care of and I have several lovely friends to share my unit with. The staff here are all very attentive so that I have no day-to-day needs to tend for myself.”

We are truly lucky to have Vincent as a member of our Goulburn village community.

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