Exercise is this 100-year-old's secret to a long, happy, life
IF YOU ask George Cottom, the secret to making it to a whole century is exercise.
Mr Cottom, a former Brisbane man who is now a resident of Freedom Aged Care, celebrated that special milestone on September 2.
"I feel no different than before," he said.
He attributed his health to the love of sport his mother gave him and modern day medicine.
Mr Cottom was born in Brisbane, on September 2, 1916.
He had two little sisters and grew up in Cooparoo.
It was there that he got his education and after graduating from school he worked for the premier as a clerk.
He stayed in that position until he retired when he reached his 50s in the late 1960s.
During the war though, that job was on hold as he worked on the bombing machines on the aircrafts.
"The bombs were refurbished in Brisbane and we would have to run them through tests before they were put back in the planes," he said.
Mr Cottom had met his wife Dot two years earlier during a night of ballroom dancing in Brisbane, but the two didn't decide to get married until the war when they thought anything could happen.
"We were married on December 6, 1941, which was the day before (the attack on) Pearl Harbour," he said.
"We woke up the next day and I remember hearing about what happened."
In December this year, the couple will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary.
After the war, Mr and Mrs Cottom headed back to Brisbane and settled there.
The two travelled around a bit; they drove a caravan from the Daintree Rainforest to Adelaide and have visited Hong Kong, Fiji, Tasmania and New Zealand.
In addition to loving travelling together, Mr and Mrs Cottom also enjoyed playing sport together.
Mr Cottom enjoyed his fishing and had played tennis since he was a child. When the two were married, Mrs Cottom joined in playing tennis with her husband.
"When we were older we started playing golf and bowls. We always took the golf stick while travelling," Mrs Cottom said.
The couple have two children - Kevin and Lenore - six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
"We've had a really good life," Mr Cottom said.
He celebrated his 100th birthday with a morning tea at the Freedom Aged Care facility.