A century of memories and stories were celebrated on Sunday for World War II veteran and family man Donald Bayles, who turned 100.
Mr Bayles, who resides in Norwood, was born in Launceston in 1921 and said he has lived "a wonderful life."
He was one of seven children, with him and his youngest sister still alive. Mr Bayles has five children himself, 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
On turning 100, Mr Bayles said he didn't feel old at all.
"I can't believe that I'm 100, I really can't. I feel very well, I've had a great life and I think that's why I've lived so long," Mr Bayles said.
"I had a lovely wife and a very supportive and loving family, who have looked after me very well.
"My mind is good and I am very lucky."
Mr Bayles was a farmer for most of his life and also joined the Royal Australian Air Force at 19, where he served as an aircraftman in Indonesia during World War II. Last year in August his war efforts were commemorated with recognition from the Launceston RSL.
Sadly his wife passed away a few years ago, with Mr Bayles saying meeting her was the best thing that's happened to him.
"I live on my own after my wife passed and I miss her a lot, of course."
A fond memory for Mr Bayles was the places he has travelled, with Africa being a standout trip.
"I had always wanted to go and see Victoria Falls, so that was pretty special," he said.
Mr Bayles' son Tom said that his father staying active has seen him be very independent still.
"He's always been focused on what he needs to do and staying active," Tom Bayles said.
"He goes to bed at night and plans out what jobs he has to do tomorrow, so he's very switched on still.
"Last year in the veggie garden he didn't know how he was going to plant his broad beans because he couldn't bend down.
"He laid in bed at night pondering how he would do it. He came up with the great idea of grabbing a piece of pipe, placing it over the spot and dropping the seeds through the top, so he's still a clever thinker."
An avid reader, Mr Bayles said he spends a lot of time reading, as well as having time with family.
His son Tom said that his father was a very social person and believes that is a reason for his longevity.
"Dad loves people and having a conversation with anyone. He's always chatting with someone either in person or on the phone, and he loves being social" Tom said.
"He's a great member of our family and we are grateful to see him reach 100."
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