FAMILY CELEBRATION: Neville Lewis celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday at the Proserpine RSL Club with family and friends. Back: Shannon Wilson, Lincoln Wilson, Jana Frost, Bradley Musumeci, Tim Fox, David Musumeci, Nick Fox, Sarah Kent, Jarrod Kent, Matt Fox, Logan Fox and Brendan Lewis. Front: Lisa Goodwin, Joan Lewis, Neville Lewis, Mark Musumeci and Nate Wilson.
FAMILY CELEBRATION: Neville Lewis celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday at the Proserpine RSL Club with family and friends. Back: Shannon Wilson, Lincoln Wilson, Jana Frost, Bradley Musumeci, Tim Fox, David Musumeci, Nick Fox, Sarah Kent, Jarrod Kent, Matt Fox, Logan Fox and Brendan Lewis. Front: Lisa Goodwin, Joan Lewis, Neville Lewis, Mark Musumeci and Nate Wilson.

No secret to turning 90

LIFE-LONG Proserpine resident Neville Lewis celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday with his wife, family and friends.

The lively Neville said he had no secret to reaching the milestone.

"There’s no secret other than not dying," he said.

"I think you have to live."

As one of five children, Neville was born on May 22, 1921 at Strathdickie where his parents had a cane farm.

He was fond of sports and played cricket and golf when he was younger.

"Later on in life I played golf and lawn bowls," he said.

"Now I enjoy pottering around the house and watching sport on television."

Working as a juice boy in the Proserpine Sugar Mill, Neville joined the army and served in World War II, as well as twice in Papua New Guinea on the Kokoda Trail.

"My most memorable part of my life was the war as it carries more vivid memories," he said.

At 26, while on leave from the army and back in Australia, Neville met his wife Joan (nee Kinneally) in Brisbane where he was based with the army.

From there Neville took on a number of jobs including making mattresses, working as a storeman for the council in Proserpine and at Faust’s furniture store.

"In those days it was called ‘chasing a quid’," he said.

He was also instrumental in setting up St Vincent De Paul in Proserpine.

Now at 90, Neville is content with his life.

"We got married and had five children," he said.

"We now have 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

"My wife and I are very lucky to still be alive and that we have each other to talk to."


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