Keep it simple for the perfect centenarian gift

All Harry Loader wants for his one hundred and second birthday is a good curry.

Born on 10 March 1914 in Subathu India, Harry suffered a major loss early in his life with both parents passing away in 1918.

He grew up in an orphanage in Kalimpong and was a keen sportsman winning championships for Football and Hockey many times.

His proudest achievement as a young man was winning the Victor Ludorum medal two years running. The medal is given to the athlete who wins the most events at a sports carnival.

After completing his Junior Cambridge Exams (equivalent to year 10) he worked in the publicity department and editor of house journal at Shalimar Paints in Calcutta from 1948 to 1974 as well as running his own printing press.

He married his first wife, Phyliss and had daughter Patricia. Unfortunately, Phyliss passed away early in their marriage.

He married his second wife Beryl on 8 May 1947 and were married for 60 years until Beryl’s passing in 2006. Together they had a daughter, Maria.

He came to Australia 34 years ago to be closer to his daughters who were already living here. He became an Australian citizen in 1984.

He said there is no secret to his long life and he is excited to reach such an advanced age.

“Just live and enjoy life to the best of your ability,” he said.

He currently has two daughters, 4 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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