Jim Cox has marked a remarkable milestone — celebrating his 100th birthday with family and friends on Tuesday.RANDALL JOHNSTON December 5, 2012 4:30am
Jim Cox has marked a remarkable milestone — celebrating his 100th birthday with family and friends yesterday.
‘‘I’ve had quite a carefree life — but how I got to this age I don’t know,’’ he said.
‘‘I got a kick out of (life) and didn’t try to over-do it, because if you over-do it, that’s when you start to crack up.’’
Mr Cox said he had seen many marvels in his lifetime.
‘‘I never dreamed things would change as much as they have. A trip to London used to take three months, now you can get there in 24 hours,’’ he said.
Mr Cox was shire president in the 1960s and oversaw the introduction of a proper sewerage system for Cobram, and helped instigate building of the civic centre.
Born at Nathalia and educated at Waaia, Mr Cox moved to Cobram with his father Frank in 1926 after the family purchased land in the area.
Mr Cox married his wife Eunice in Melbourne in 1951 and they worked the land as wheat and sheep farmers at their property near Cobram.
The Cox family’s involvement with Cobram Harness Racing Club was truly a unified effort.
Daughter Jeanette worked behind the counter in a lean-to outside the Tin Shed serving ice-creams kept frozen in dry ice, and drinks from an old tin bath filled with iced water.
Mr and Mrs Cox were joined by Jeanette, their son Tom, some of their grandchildren and Cobram Harness Racing Club life members to help light the 100 candles surrounding his birthday cake at Jim Cox Family Pavilion at the weekend.
Jim was awarded a life membership of the club in 1976 for his dedication and contribution.
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