MAJOR MILESTONE: Coast resident Ernie Baker has turned 105 and is already aiming for 106.
MAJOR MILESTONE: Coast resident Ernie Baker has turned 105 and is already aiming for 106. John McCutcheon

'No secret' to making it to 105th birthday

PURCHASING a card to celebrate Ernie Baker's birthday proved to be a difficult task for his family and friends.

Turns out there is a gap in the market for milestone cards over 100 and so they had to resort to sticking two card together to mark the Coast resident's 105th birthday.

Mr Baker celebrated the momentous occasion this morning surrounded by his nearest and dearest.

He lives with his daughter at their Bokarina address, making him possibly the eldest resident on the Coast to still be living at home.

"He used to vacuum up until a few years ago but I had to stop him," his daughter Dorelle Newman said.

"I also had to take his licence off of him because he was still driving eight years ago.

"He has remained active his whole life and I think being able to live at home has really helped him."

Mr Baker moved to the Coast with his wife and son in 1989.

Before that he was living in Brisbane and had various jobs as a mechanic and then in the meat trade.

He had two sons, Don and Butch and then his daughter, Dorelle.

When asked what his secret to living so long was, he said it was quite simple.

"I've just worked hard all of my life," he said.

"I don't really think that's a secret but it worked for me."

Mr Baker has a lifetime of stories to share but when asked to reveal a few he insisted none were suitable for print.

He was also confident about one thing in particular.

"I'm already planning on celebrating my 106th birthday."


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