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Bob Weston: 100 years young


Hamilton's Bob Weston is quite relaxed about turning 100 today.

The centenarian laughs when asked how he feels about it all.

"I've been around for a long time, haven't I," he says.

Long enough to have witnessed the first cars and telephones used in New Zealand.

Bob was born in Taranaki but moved to Hamilton in to his first farm in Whatawhata 75 years ago.

Described by son, Graham Weston as a workaholic, Bob was still tending a vege patch at the farm his son bought off him until very recently.

It was the move to the Hamilton farm that bought Bob and wife Hylda, 97, together as she lived in the neighbouring farm.

The couple have two sons and three grandchildren and look forward to 69 years wedded bliss in July this year.

Like many men of his era, Bob was called up to serve in the Home Guard during WWII and then to the Air Force.

However, he never saw active service as his papers were lost and soon after the war ended.

It's fitting that the first motorised movie cameras were invented in 1912 when Bob was born, as he was a dab hand at making home movies.

From simple home movies to plasticine model stop-motion animation, the amateur movie-maker used an 8mm camera to produce his films.

A fan of space exploration, Bob even made an animated depiction of mankind's giant leap.

Bob also had a passion for carving and wood modelling and created model boats by hand and using his own design.

The fiercely independent couple only moved to Trevellyn Lifestyle Care and Village 18 months ago having lived in their Ulster St home for more than 30 years.

Bob is looking forward to enjoying is birthday with his family tomorrow and says he gets a real kick out of seeing his grandchildren.

- Hamilton News

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