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90 Happy Years ... and Still Loving Life


Local identity, Keith Kelly, achieved a milestone on Tuesday 18th June. He celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends at the Bannockburn Cultural Hub. Memorabilia from the Bulldogs, a presentation box containing Club Award Medals of Honour, was presented to him.

Born in Colac in 1923 he enlisted in the RAAF in 1941 and was stationed in England and flew in 40 missions over Europe as a wireless operator. Whilst Keith was away at war the family moved to Sunshine where he joined them after leaving the RAAF in 1945.

Keith went to work for a company in St Kilda Road for a short time before getting a job closer to home at Nettlefold’s in Sunshine, where he remained as paymaster until he retired in 1983.

In 1950 he married Josie and they moved into an Air Force house in Braybrook and had one daughter, Robyn. In 1958 they built a new home in Sunshine where Keith remained until 2002.

Family holidays were spent at Barwon Heads where he would take Robyn out into the surf on the li-lo or go swimming in the many rock pools.  They would also go over to Sorrento on the ferry to visit friends.

Keith now lives in a unit on his daughter Robyn and son-in-law Robert’s property in Bannockburn. He likes to potter about in the garden and keeps himself busy as much as he can.

He was a mad keen cricketer in the early years playing sub district cricket in Melbourne and also playing in the RAAF Services Team.  Keith was also an avid golfer.  His greatest achievements being TWO holes in one.  He still watches the cricket golf and football on TV whenever he can.

Keith’s greatest sporting love is the Western Bulldogs.  He has been a member for over 60 years including attending their only successful Grand Final in 1954.  He regularly drives himself to Melbourne and stays with long time friend, June with whom he goes to see his beloved Bulldogs play. It is only this year that they have stopped going to the night matches.

Whilst in Melbourne Keith enjoys going to the cinema, and loves to go shopping for clothes. No wonder he is always so smartly dressed. He enjoys sitting back having a coffee and just watching people. He enjoys the occasional flutter on the pokies, but has his limits!  

Keith enjoys the social gatherings and outings with his friends in the Golden Oldies Men’s group as well as being an active member of Bannockburn Senior Citizens.

Hopefully he will enjoy good health and happiness and continue joking and stirring with his friends and family for many more years to come. Cheers

June, Keith and daughter Robyn