9:30 a.m., Dec.15)
pair celebrating 99th birthdays together
By Mike Beasley
The Orléans Star
residents at the Revera Portobello retirement community
will be celebrating more than just the holiday season
of their own will be turning 99 and the staff at the Fallingbrook
seniors residence plan to mark the occasion with a special
Derykere and Lauréat Cheff are both
celebrating their 99th birtdays at Revera
Portobello this month. Photo supplied
Portobello sales consultant Angèle Labranche says they
plan to not only celebrate tha fact that residents Richard
Deryckere and Lauréat Cheff are turning 99 this month,
but both individuals still live independent lives at the
are celebrating the ageless spirit of Richard and Lauréat
who have are both celebrating a special birthday this
month. They are just two of the many residents who live
independently at Portobello, which is proof that age is
simply a number," says Labranche.
Deryckere has been living at Portobello for over seven
years. He joined the Air Force in 1940 where he was responsible
for taking photos of the enemy by using aerial photo reconnaissance.
He served in the Armed Forces for almost four years before
returning to Canada.
asked what the secret to his longevity is, Mr. Deryckere
replied, "a hell of a lot of luck."
fortunate that I have great health and I am still enjoying
life at 99," adds Mr. Deryckere.
Cheff is the other Portobello resident to turn 99 years
old this month.
Cheff is the 13th child from a family of 15 kids and has
been living at the retirement community since 2016. When
asked what keeps her young and active, Mrs. Cheff stated,
"I'm surrounded by loved ones all the time. I have four
children and four grandchildren that visit frequently.
I receive great service here at Portobello and can't complain."
Mr. Deryckere and Madame Cheff are looking forward to
ringing in the New Year at the residence and the possibilty
of reaching the century milestone.
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