Maryborough's Bill Densem will celebrate his 102nd birthday on Thursday.
Maryborough's Bill Densem will celebrate his 102nd birthday on Thursday. Megan Pope

Hints for a long life

ADOPTING a clean and healthy lifestyle is the key to living longer than a century, according to Maryborough man Bill Densem.

The 101, soon-to-be 102-year-old great-great-grandfather said his secret to living a long life was to not drink or swear or smoke.

"Don't drink and don't swear," Mr Densem said.

"Well... don't swear much.

"And definitely don't smoke."

The former Buxton resident, who has lived in Maryborough for the past 12 years, was born on October 11, 1910.

Family and friends gathered at Mr Densem's Maryborough home on Saturday to help celebrate his birthday early this year.

Mr Densem's daughter Anne Gardiner said her father had a big family, and even had one great-great-grandchild.

"He has two daughters, five grandchildren and a lot of great grandchildren, and there is a great-great-grandchild as well," Ms Gardiner said.

Mr Densem will officially celebrate his 102nd birthday this Thursday.



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