Today is a very special day for local resident, Frank Faulkner and his family, with the well travelled Shepparton Villages resident celebrating his 100th birthday.
Father to eight, grandfather to 22 and great grandfather to 12, Frank’s story begins in Sandringham 100 years ago. Leaving school at 15 he worked for a newsagency delivering newspapers, before completing an accountant course at night school and picking up a job with Johns and Waygood throughout the years of WWII. In 1952, Frank and late wife of 71 years, Margaret moved to Mooroopna, where he took up a job at the Mooroopna Base Hospital as an accountant, before moving his way up the ranks and becoming assistant manager until he retired at the age of 65.
Frank has been heavily involved in the community throughout his time in the region, being the oldest Rotarian in the district and a charter member of the Mooroopna Probus Club, which he helped to establish. He was an avid sports player, taking to the tennis court and golf course regularly.
But Frank’s life has led him around the world; having not only travelled around Australia twice, but also travelling the globe to places including England, Hong Kong and New Zealand, but he says while there are many beautiful and unforgettable places around the world, there is no place like home. Frank said, “There is so much to recall. I am blessed to have so many memorable moments over the years.
“One piece of advice I can pass on is that the key element of having a good family, is picking a good mother for the children.
“It has been a good and fortunate life. There are many things that build up and make it a good life.
“I have a motto that I have lived by all my life; ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ “I am fortunate to have had my health all these years.”
Frank will celebrate with 57 members of his family during a special event at Shepparton Villages, Rodney Park Village, Boronia House this Sunday and from all of us here at The Adviser, happy 100th birthday Frank.
By David Lee
Originally published in The Adviser on January 20, 2016