Centenarian worn out by parties

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 13/05/2014
Eric Major, of Molly Ryan Lifecare
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: Eric Major, of Molly Ryan Lifecare, joins the rest home’s growing list of 100-year-olds.

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Eric Major joined a burgeoning list of 100-year-olds at his rest home when he celebrated his birthday on Saturday.

Major is the sixth Molly Ryan Lifecare resident to have turned 100 at the rest home in the past five years.

The oldest is Lola de la Haye at 104.

Two birthday bashes, with more than 60 guests each day, was how Major celebrated his centenary milestone. "It's a bit overwhelming," he said of the back-to-back parties.

Asked how he felt about turning a 100, Major said "it was OK".

"I feel sort of worn out," he said.

The secret to longevity was to just keep with it. "I have done a lot of work as a dairy farmer for 30 years," he said. "Walking around after stock and horses. It didn't do my knees any good."

Trying to find a suitable birthday card was a bit of a challenge, niece Faye Dravitski said.

"I went to all the card shops and found it hard to find one that was not pink," she said.

"I eventually settled on a black-and-white card."

Major is linked to some Taranaki notables, including Dame Malvina Major and former All Black John Major, a nephew.

But he never took to rugby and said he found the sport "too rough" for his liking.

The other centenarians at Molly Ryan's are Phyllis Grey, 102, Hugh O'Connor, 100, Grace Gray, 100, and Evelyn Dryden, 101.

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