May’s day celebrates milestone

May’s day celebrates milestone BIRTHDAY GIRL: May Fisk with her son David Fisk.

CELEBRATION: May Fisk was front and centre with her son David, daughter Helen, daughter-in-law Trish and son David.

TweetFacebookFamily, friends and staff sing ‘Happy Birthday’ before cutting the cake.That did not stop the Royal Humane Society of Australasiapresenting May with abronze medallion for her bravery.

The boy she rescued, Fergus Campbell, has maintained a friendship with May and calls his rescuer on her birthday each year.

The story made front page news in Melbourne’sThe Argusin 1941 and was retold at May’s birthday celebration.

The centenarian was joined by her three children and their partners, as well as friends and staff from the nursing home.

May was in good spirits, accepting the celebration after promising at her 90thbirthday that she would not have another party until her 100th.

In addition to the obligatory cake and speeches, a presentation about May’s life celebrated her achievements and exploits, from motorbike riding and chainsawing to raising a family in Canberra.

May was born on February 25, 1917, and wasthe oldest of three childrenin their Port Pirie home in South Australia.

Recreation officer Kay Pope delivers a birthday speech about May.She was a keen athlete, playing basketball, tennis and swimming and honed her craft in dressmaking and bookkeeping.

She moved to Canberra after meeting her husband Noel, which was likened to moving countries back then.

The pair raised three kids –John, David and Helen –on their Hillside property before a bushfire destroyed the farm’s orchard, garage, stables and chicken shed in 1952.

Despite the house withstanding the blaze, the family moved to the Canberra suburb of O’Connor.

The beach life came calling when the pair moved to Pambula in 1964. Noel was one member behindFisk & Nagle in Merimbula and May ran a shop with a friend that sold ice-creams and milkshakes among other items.

They later moved to Tura Beach in what was the first house in the suburb.

The pair took off on an eight-month caravan trip around Australia and spent many holidays at the Far South Coast with their children and grandchildren.

May’s adventurous life continued in her late 80s, exploring Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland and the Snowy Mountainswith family.

Sitting among her children on Friday, May was optimistic for the years ahead.

“As long as I’m in good nick mentally and physicallyI’ll be happy,” she said.

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