After 78 years Stan calls it quits on driving
TODAY marks two important milestones for Stan Le Feuvre - he turns 99 and will hand back his driver's licence after 78 years on the road.
In that time, the Caboolture resident has had just one ticket and one crash.
For 41 years, Stan's 68 Ford Falcon served him well. It finally gave up the ghost in 2009 and he promptly replaced it with a newer Falcon, from 1997.
He's sad to lose some of the independence that comes with a driver's licence, but fortunately his 71-year-old son Arthur is on hand most of the time to help him out.
"I'm lucky to be walking around, let alone driving," he said.
Stan still lives in the Caboolture home he had built for his wife, Jean, and kids in 1954, and which he has been living in since 1978.
These days it overlooks Centenary Lakes but the 99-year-old remembers it as a tidal wetland, with a dairy farm nearby.
Arthur also had fond memories of the family home in the early days.
"You used to get heaps and heaps of mullet, bream, flathead. I even jagged a taylor just down there," he said.
"You could throw a crab pot in there and grab yourself a feed of mud crab, which we used to often do."
Stan may have first come to Caboolture almost 60 years ago, but he crammed a lifetime of stories into the years before.
Growing up on a farm near Nanango, he learnt about hard work from an early age, getting out of bed with the sun to milk the cows before a quick breakfast and a day of school. Then he would return home and work until nightfall.
He left school at 14 to work full-time on the farm for "ten bob a week and keep" before striking out on his own at 17 and working more jobs than it's possible to list.
Since resettling in Caboolture in 1978 because he was "too old to be riding horses and motorbikes" out west, Stan threw himself into community work with a passion, spending 18 years with Meals on Wheels and 12 with Red Cross just to name a few.
Stan credits his long life to years of hard physical work and not drinking or smoking.
"I must have been the only westerner who didn't drink or smoke," he said.
"When you look at life and all the different people you've got to get along with, you've got to have a decent attitude towards people."