Still packing plenty into life

By Seymour Telegraph

While turning 90 felt like ‘‘just another day’’ for Jack Walsh, the charismatic Seymour resident said he was just thrilled to still be able to enjoy life.

And he’s certainly packed plenty in to his 90 years — 66 of which have been spent living in Seymour.

Jack, who shows no signs of slowing down, has an astonishing 11 children, 28 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

His family and friends gathered for a lunch at the Railway Club Hotel to honour his special milestone recently.

‘‘I felt about 150 after that, but it was great to see family that you never get to see, it was a great day,’’ he said.

Jack and his wife Evelyn (dec.) arrived in Seymour in 1952, when Jack was working as a signalman on the railways.

He was originally from the area — he was born in Shepparton and went to school in Longwood — but his work had taken him to Melbourne and then Swan Hill, before returning to Seymour, where he has stayed ever since.

‘‘Dad has lived in Seymour for 66 years, he’s raised his 11 children here who are still enjoying living their lives,’’ Jack’s daughter Dorothy Hunt said.

‘‘Dad’s always been a hard-working man throughout his life, working on the railways for close to 30 years and he also took on a mechanics job at the same time, so he worked two jobs.

‘‘Dad never had much time for himself but when he did find time, he joined the local motorbike club, and after the railways dad went to work with Jim Summers at rural equipment then he also worked at the dye works for a number of years before he retired, giving him time to spend on his great passion of fishing.’’

That great passion has taken Jack to all corners of Australia, and he has just come back from a fishing trip in South Australia.

While fishing has always been the number one pastime for Jack, he’s certainly given many other extra-curricular activities a red-hot go — cards, golf, motorbikes and darts have all been tried and tested by Jack.

‘‘I like to have a go at everything,’’ he said.

‘‘Just because you’re 90 doesn’t mean you can’t do anything, so I find enough ways to occupy myself.’’