3 seniors living in same building celebrate 100th birthdays together
Centenarians celebrated with a Mad Hatter-themed tea party
Three seniors living at the River Ridge Retirement Centre celebrate their 100th birthdays this month.
Staff at the centre say it's rare to have this many centenarians all in one place, and it's even more rare that their birthdays are all in the same month.
"They all have their birthdays in July. So something was going on with the cancer babies," said Ronna Goldberg of All Seniors Care, referring to the sign of the zodiac.
The centre usually sees about one resident a year turn 100, so when they had three milestone birthdays this month they knew they had to celebrate big. They often throw Mad Hatter-themed tea parties for centennial birthdays.
Patrick Ramsey, Nell Chipka, and Ruby Joyce were the guests of honour.
Several dignitaries offered them letters of congratulations including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General David Johnston.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Progressive Conservative MLA Nic Curry were there to offer their best wishes and enjoy a cup of tea.
Several guests dressed up in their favourite Mad Hatter attire with white gloves and top hats. Tiny cakes and cookies with playing cards and clocks on them were served. Tea was served in fancy china tea cups.
What's the secret?
When asked how it feels to turn 100 years old Patrick Ramsey replied, "It just snuck up on me."
Ramsey turned 100 on July 3. He says there really isn't much of a secret except for minding your manners.
Ramsey recalls working as a paperboy in his early years at the corner of William Avenue and Main Street. It was in the mid 1920s before radio became mainstream.
"You had to sell newspapers. So they had all these editions. I always had to make sure I had change in my pocket for selling papers," he said.
Ramsey says turning 100 is just like any other day.
"My dad would say the first hundred years of your life are the most difficult," he said.
"We had food and entertainment that was healthy," said Joyce.
"Be interested in life and do things. Take part in different activities. It's healthy and it's good for you," said Chipka.