By Joe Irving – Nelson, B.C.
I turned 102 years old on Oct. 10, 2013. My wife, Sylvia, and I have enjoyed a very nice life together. We met through some friends of ours on the July 31, 1965.
I was living at my parents’ old home with my sister and younger brother. This home was out in the country about 20 miles from Nelson.
Sylvia was a widow with five children and I had four children from a previous marriage. I started to date Sylvia and we decided to get married in 1967. We bought a wonderful 32-acre ranch together in 1969 in Crescent Valley, B.C. and lived there for over 40 years.
While we were on the farm, I built a big sleigh with four long bench seats. It needed a good heavy team of horses to pull it and I found the perfect pair of Percherons named Mickey and Rags. Together with the warm Tartan blankets Sylvia found for the seats, we took many people out for tours around our little ranch.
The schools came with children and buses came out with handicapped folks and families to enjoy a trip on our country sleigh. Sylvia and helpers would make hot dogs and hot drinks for everyone after. We had lots of wonderful memories.
Since I married Sylvia, I have completed a high school correspondence diploma in 2005 at the age of 93 and was asked to receive my degree at Mt. Sentinel High School in Crescent Valley. We were the Class of 2005. I received marks of 100% in biology, math, and science.
We sold the farm when I was 95 because my health had started to go. After a few years of renting we moved into Assisted Living.
I am now getting around in a wheelchair but that hasn’t slowed me down. Life has been good to us.