Carrington's Lorna Hoare celebrates 102nd birthday

Family time: 102-year-old Lorna Hoare with her children Mindy Carr, Rod Hoare and Jenny Smith at Carrington on Monday. Picture: Chris Lane
Family time: 102-year-old Lorna Hoare with her children Mindy Carr, Rod Hoare and Jenny Smith at Carrington on Monday. Picture: Chris Lane

When Lorna Hoare was born, the world had never seen a toaster, a cheeseburger or masking tape.

The year was 1916 and World War I had just begun.

On Monday, Mrs Hoare celebrated her 102nd birthday surrounded by family and friends at Grasmere’s Carrington Care facility.

The centenarian has always loved a party and was gifted a lovely bunch of flowers to help her celebrate the day.

Mrs Hoare was born and raised in Abergavenny in Wales.

Harry and Lorna Hoare around the time of their wedding

Harry and Lorna Hoare around the time of their wedding

She was trained as an art teacher and taught handicapped children in a Norwich School.

It was in Norwich that she met Harry Hoare at a dance in 1939. Harry was involved with the building of new municipal offices, including a registry office.

The loved-up pair were married in that very office on September 6, 1939 – just three days after the outbreak of World War II.

The Hoares moved to Australia in 1951, with young children Rod and Jenny by their sides.

They settled into Sydney’s northern suburbs and the family grew to include two more daughters, Mandy and Mindy.

The Hoare children loved horses, so the family purchased a small farm in Picton. They moved to Wollondilly permanently after Mr Hoare’s retirement in 1977. Mr and Mrs Hoare lived at a Wilton farm called Shingle Hill.

It was here that Mrs Hoare became more and more involved with the shire community.

She spent hours and hours cultivating a prize-winning garden and was instrumental in setting up the Picton Garden Club, on which she served as the inaugural president.

Mr and Mrs Hoare moved into Carrington Care in 2005.

Mrs Hoare rediscovered her passion for art and produced many paintings and portrait sketches, a great deal of which still hang in her room.

She lists meeting Queen Elizabeth II at the opening of the Opera House –  the construction of which her husband served as project manager – as one of the highlights of her long life.

Mr Hoare, who died in 2011 at 97, is still regularly in his wife’s thoughts.

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