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HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY WILLIAM

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A SECOND World War
veteran has celebrated his
100th birthday in a
Newtownards nursing home
Centenarian William Stockdale
celebrated his 100th birthday with loved
ones in the Scrabo Isles nursing home
last Friday. The home was filled with
music and balloons, all for the tripledigit achievement of the Second World
War veteran.

According to Cheryl Stockdale, the wife
of his grandson, Lee, William was over
the moon, counting down the days
leading up to his milestone birthday.
“He has been in there [the home] for
about three years, but he is doing really
well. I said to him on Wednesday, ‘It’s
nearly your birthday’, and he said, ‘So,
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, then I am
going to be a hundred, woohoo,’ that’s
what he actually said,” Cheryl said
laughing.

“They are having a party for him in the
nursing home. They put up a big balloon
banner, they have a musician in to play
all different music for all of the
residents in the nursing home. Then we
are going down to see him.”
A life-long mechanic, William
unfortunately lost his mother when he
was just two years old. After serving in
the war as a mechanic in India, William
continued his work as a mechanic in
Portadown.

“He was married to Winnofred who
passed away in 2010 after they had been
married for 60 years,” said Cheryl.
Cheryl said William has a very close
bound with his grandson Lee who is
frequently described as being like a
‘second son’ to him. The Newtownards
woman said she is especially close to
William, having lost her own
grandfather at a very young age, so she
has come to see the ‘lovely gentleman’
as her own.
“My grandfather passed away when I
was very young, so he kind of took on
the role as being my grandfather,” said
Cheryl
“My husband Lee moved in with his
granny and granda since he was a
teenager and he lived with them for a
long time. Sometimes, granda used to
say that he was like another son to him,
even though he was his grandson.
“He was always very good, always very
jolly, never known him to be down, and
with rosy cheeks,” she added.

In keeping with the tradition of many
centenarians, turning 100 inevitably
means getting a letter from the reigning
monarch, that duty has been passed on
to King Charles after the death of the
Queen. With all the preparation in place
through the pension scheme, the
Stockdales eagerly wait for that very
special letter.
“He hasn’t received it just yet, with all of
the post and that, but we have sorted it
out for him,” said Cheryl.

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