103 year old Terry Potts with family regan Baines and 4 1/2 month old Marley Baines.
Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
103 year old Terry Potts with family regan Baines and 4 1/2 month old Marley Baines. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Our oldest man dies at 104-years-of-age

TERRY Potts, believed to be the Tweed Shire's oldest man, has died at the age of 104.

Mr Potts passed away at Raffles Assisted Aged Care Home at South Tweed on June 24.

There was no funeral. Instead Mr Potts' ashes were recently scattered by his two daughters, Jan Paton and Patricia Burns.

They were mixed with his late wife Anne's ashes who died two years ago.

"Mum was still waiting in the cupboard," said Ms Paton.

"He was always a gentleman. A 'please' and 'thankyou' man, " she said.

"He was very friendly. He'd talk to anyone," added Ms Burns.

 

Terry Potts, left, in 1946 at 34 years of age.
Terry Potts, left, in 1946 at 34 years of age.

His grandchildren remember him as someone who could recall obscure sporting statistics, but couldn't be relied on to remember to pick up three items from the supermarket.

"After dinner every night he'd lean back in his chair, pat his belly and say, 'Thanks for a great meal champ!,'" recalls grand-daughter Patricia Burns.

"Nana would roll her eyes and we'd laugh hysterically every night.

"Apparently he didn't like cold, burnt toast.

"He only admitted this after Nana died. That's love right there."

Mr Potts told the Tweed Daily News in April last year, to mark his 103rd birthday, that his secret to longevity was: "Sleep well and eat plenty of vegies and meat."

His good genes may also have been responsible.

His younger sister Val, who lives in Bega, is 100.

He lived through two world wars and the Great Depression.

He left school at 14 and started his first job at Joyce's biscuit factory in Sydney before taking to driving a horse and cart around the inner suburbs of Sydney.

He was born on April 8, 1912.


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