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Nelson, BC Iron Man Turns 103

Written by; Joy Smithers / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Sat Oct 11 2014


Enjoying a huge birthday cake dressed with grapes, kiwi and strawberry, life long iron worker Joe Irving celebrated his 103rd birthday this Friday at the Jubilee Manor in Nelson, British Columbia. Born in Thrums, a settlement in British Columbia, in 1911, Irving grew up in Trail and Tarrys, BC.

Although he hadn't completed high school as a teenager, Joe enjoyed a distinguished construction career all throughout British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon and the USA, in a variety of capacities including bridge building, construction of tunnels, hydro dams, and power spans, usually as a site and crew foreman. Joe is the oldest member of Iron workers Local 97.

His retirement was just as notable as he had finally graduated from high school at the age of 93 and published his autobiography at age 95. When asked about the secrets to his longevity, he laughed, "Hard work and not much money to spend either."

A longtime resident of Crescent Valley, Joe moved to Nelson, BC.. just a few years ago where he lived at Mountain Lake seniors community until just recently.

his wife of 57 years Sylvia says, "He never complains and maybe that's why he's lived so long. He takes everything in stride and never worries."

Between the two Joe and Sylvia have 9 children and 22 grand children.


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