Rugby man celebrates 104th birthday

Bob with grandson Marcus and his wife Jade
Bob with grandson Marcus and his wife Jade
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A 104-year-old man has told the younger generations to ‘take each day as it comes and live every day as if it’s your last’.

Robert Anderson, known as Bob, celebrated his birthday with a party at Cherry Trees Residential Home in Dunchurch Road, Rugby.

Bob enjoyed cake with Rugby Mayor Cllr Ramesh Srivastava, fellow residents and staff.

He was born in Gateshead, Newcastle on February 14 1911 and had two brothers and three sisters.

The champion crown green bowler enjoyed an active lifestyle and took part in cross-country runs. He was also a keen gardener and had three allotments.

Bob met his wife Cathy when he moved to Rugby. They married and had three children.

He worked at British Thomson-Houston and operated the milling machines.

Bob moved into Cherry Trees Residential Home in 2011.

“I like the nice girls that look after me here and I really enjoy the food,” he said.

“I’ve got great memories from my family over the years and I’m very fond of my grandson, Marcus.”

Bob said the secret to living to 104 was down to luck.

He added: “My advice to young people is to take each day as it comes and live every day as if it’s your last.”

Samantha Todd, from Cherry Trees, said: “Bob has a very sweet tooth so he really enjoyed the chocolate fountain and tasty treats at the party on Saturday.”