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Happy 100th to ‘man of honour’ from Bridport
1:00pm Friday 11th January 2013 in News
IT WAS always on the cards that former Beaminster farmer George Raymond would live to a ripe old age.
His father lived to 101 and he was one of seven children – five of whom passed their centenary.
Now Mr Raymond has also just celebrated his 100th birthday at the Bymead nursing home in Charmouth surrounded by friends and family.
Mr Raymond was born at home in Shipton Gorge on December 23, 1912.
After his mother died six years later in 1918 the family moved to Folly Farm in Gillingham.
Ten years later the family were farming at Chantry Farm, Beaminster.
In 1938 George and his brother Ernie started up a milk round in Beaminster and after milking their cows by hand they would bottle and deliver their produce twice a day.
In 1940 they moved to Hewstock Farm in Beaminster. George married Eileen Payne in 1962 and they celebrated their golden wedding in May, 2012.
After 42 years George gave up the milk round and retired to enjoy his garden and meet his farming friends for fish and chips in Yeovil.
He had a stroke in 2004 and is now living with Eileen at Bymead House in Charmouth.
His nephew Andrew said: “George and Eileen had no children of their own. They treated me as their son. He was a friend friendly man and would be happy to do things just on the strength of a handshake.
“He was a man of honour.”
Andrew said the family wanted to thank the staff at Bymead for his birthday party and everyone who sent cards and presents.