Entrepreneur, soldier, company director, award-winning gardener - just a few of the incredible attributes centenarian, Bob Lingwood, can rightfully claim – and now he can add a BEM to that illustrious collection.
He admits he "hadn't got a clue" that he had been nominated for the award for services to the community in County Tyrone, but was delighted to receive such an accolade in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
"When I opened the letter to tell me the news I let out a yell! My daughter, Denise, who was in the bedroom upstairs thought dad has either won the pools or he's got a medal," he said.
Unfortunately both Bob and daughter, Denise, are suffering with chest infections at present and are confined to their house at Sunnycrest Gardens. Visitors have been restricted too, so they've had a quiet Christmas, but this award news has brightened the day and helped with their recovery. In other words celebrations have been put on hold ...for the time being!
Born in Suffolk, England, but now well and truly ensconced as an Omagh man, the colourful cockney is renowned throughout the area and beyond as a friendly face who has more life experience than most!
Coming from a 'no nonsense' family background, Bob is proud of his London roots and the fact he carved out a niche for himself through self-discipline, the pursuit of education and simple hard work.
He enjoyed a happy childhood in a London recovering from the ravages of World War I. "It was a good place to be, where I leaved we had great communities that sadly are not there any more."
Full story on Mr Lingwood and other New Year Honours recipients in this week's Tyrone Constitution...