THE fuss was all a bit overwhelming for 100-year-old Ronald Ramage as his wife, family, friends and aged care staff gathered to celebrate his milestone.
And then of course there were the letters of good wishes from the Queen, Governor General, Prime Minister, Queensland Premier and Governor, and his local Federal and State ministers.
Eldest daughter Daphne said that after the initial shock, her dad had been delighted, with all her siblings, Rodney, Robert and Diane, having been able to make it along to the big event on October 30 at Churches of Christ Care Crows Nest Aged Care Service, as well as five of his six grandchildren and two of his three great grandchildren.
Ronald was born and lived most of his life in Armidale, NSW. He was a mechanic in the army when he met his first wife, Edith. They were together for 35 years, and brought up their four children before she died in 1977.
A trained butcher, Ron none-the-less loved building, studying the skill and building three houses, but never joining the trade.
He met his second wife, Judith and they married in the 1980s, the couple moving to Queensland for the warmer weather about 30 years ago.
Always active, independent and loving life, Ron had continued driving into his late 90s.
"The two nurses who organised the room for the party were marvellous. It was lovely for him,” Daphne said.