102-year-old man shovels snow in New Westminster

While having so much snow is rare in southern B.C., so too is the sight of a 102-year-old man shovelling it.

Stedman Gedge says shoveling snow gives him energy

Stedman Gedge worked up a sweat outside his New Westminster home 2:05

While having so much snow is rare in southern B.C., so too is the sight of a 102-year-old man shovelling it.

On Friday, Stedman Gedge was working up a sweat outside his New Westminster home.

"It's not a hard job. What I like to do is get to it before people start walking around on it and start packing it down," Gedge told CBC News.

It does you a lot of good anyway, whatever age you are, to be doing something.- Stedman Gedge

"You know, it does you a lot of good anyway, whatever age you are, to be doing something. I can't sit still and not do something."

Gedge said he worried about the safety of others in this extreme weather.

"It's going to be thicker than ever if I don't do it," he said. "Somebody is going to hurt themselves. They come along and fall in that lot, you don't know what's underneath it."

Gedge, who turns 103 in February, told CBC News he came to Canada as an orphan and was taken in by a family in Ontario. He lived and worked on a farm and has been shovelling snow his entire life.

"I have been shovelling in Ontario whenever they had storms there. I had to jump out of a window and shovel the door so you could get in and out," he said.

"So I do it because I like it and I know it's going to help somebody else who can't do it."

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