92-year-old Saskatoon man sets Guinness Record as world's oldest plumber
Lorne Figley says he hopes to die with a pipe wrench in his hand
Forget Freedom 55.
Lorne Figley is 92 years old, still operates his own heating and plumbing business and has no intention of slowing down any time soon.
"Working helps keep my body fit and my brain sharp," said Figley. "I hope to die with a pipe wrench in my hand," he said.
Earlier this month, Figley was recognized by Guinness World Records for being the world's oldest plumber.
"My children and grandchildren include three engineers, four PhDs, a nurse, a lawyer and a veterinarian, but I'm the only one with a Guinness World Record," he said.
Figley started his business, Broadway Heating Ltd. with four friends in 1947, after returning home from World War Two.
This weekend, Saskatchewan Polytechnic presented its famous alumnus with a lifetime achievement award.
"It is truly an honour to meet and celebrate Mr. Figley's remarkable accomplishments," says president Larry Rosia. "Lorne is a lifelong learner, and we are very proud to have him as an alumnus."
The school also created a $500 apprenticeship student award in Figley's name for the person who receives the highest marks on his or her journeyperson exam.