Irene Bradley celebrates 101st birthday at Tiverton Park Manor
By Liz Dadson

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Irene Bradley lives every day to the fullest and enjoys each day as it comes.

That's how the smiling, jovial woman, wearing the "Happy Birthday" hat, has made it to the grand old age of 101.

Surrounded by friends at Tiverton Park Manor, she celebrated her birthday, Friday afternoon.

When asked the secret of her longevity, her friend leaned over and said to "eat, drink and be merry!"

Born Dec. 20, 1912, on the 2nd Concession of Huron Township, she is the daughter of John and Edith (Robb) Henry. 

She married Stuart Bradley in 1935 and they farmed on the Bruce-Kincardine Boundary, east of Tiverton, until they retired to Kincardine in 1966. They later lived in Inverhuron for 25 years, and Irene moved to Tiverton Park Manor six years ago.

Her daughter, Doris Young and husband Ernie, live on the 2nd of Bruce Township; and her son, Gordon Bradley and wife Lois, live in Inverhuron. Stuart died in 1998.

Irene has eight grandchildren: Jim (Rose Marie) Young, Bill (Nancy) Young, Brian (Kathryn) Young all of Tiverton, Roger Young of Port Elgin, June (Laverne Walker) of Fort McMurray, Alberta; Linda Young of  the 2nd of Bruce, Joan Bradley (Nick Bjelan) of Hensall, and Donald (Lisa) Bradley of Kitchener.

She also has 17 great-grandchildren and one great- great-grandson.

Irene enjoys genealogy and is like a walking history book - she can tell you who everyone is in the neighbourhood and in her family, and how people are related.

She is a member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Tiverton and was a member of the Women's Missionary Society there, and the Tiverton Women's Institute.

Now, she enjoys knitting and reading and going for tea. She also likes to shop.


Irene Bradley sports a fancy "Happy Birthday" hat and enjoys a cup of tea, as she celebrates her 101st birthday, Friday afternoon, at Tiverton Park Manor

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Friday, December 20, 2013