Macarthur's Norman Wray reaches his century

Birthday celebration: Norman Wray celebrated his birthday with three of his sons (Keith, Alan and Warwick) and nursing home staff Lynda Beard and Terese Fumazoni. Picture: Chris Lane
Birthday celebration: Norman Wray celebrated his birthday with three of his sons (Keith, Alan and Warwick) and nursing home staff Lynda Beard and Terese Fumazoni. Picture: Chris Lane

Norman Wray has been a massive cricket fan his entire life and received an unexpected gift to mark his 100th birthday last week.

The resident of Estia Health - Kilbride in Rosemeadow was "extremely chuffed" to be gifted a letter from Cricket Australia, signed by men's and women's Aussie cricket captains Tim Paine and Meg Lanning, congratulating him on notching up his century.

Son Keith said the Wray family had a huge celebration for Mr Wray on Sunday, with more than 50 people attending.

"It was a great time, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were able to come along as well," he said.

Mr Wray turned 100 on Wednesday, June 5. He was born in Rockdale and lived in Kingsgrove and Jervis Bay before settling in Camden about 30 years ago.

Big celebration: Rosemeadow's Norman Wray celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by family at Kilbride aged care home. Picture: Chris Lane

Big celebration: Rosemeadow's Norman Wray celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by family at Kilbride aged care home. Picture: Chris Lane

Keith said an active lifestyle and good food habits were to thank for his father's longevity.

"Dad has always loved to eat and had two long marriages with women who were very good cooks," he said.

"He's also never been a drinker, which has probably helped."

Mr Wray was married to his first wife Peg for more than 30 years until her death in 1973. He then married Jean in 1978.

He has four sons (Keith, Alan, Warwick and Ken), ten grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, ranging in age from 18 years to three months.

Kilbride staff and residents will celebrate another two 100th birthdays in the next month.

The facility is also home to a 106-year-old.