It was Jock’s 100th birthday on Sunday – and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all came along to the party.
Cake and drinks were brought into Lancaster Court care home in Leavesden to celebrate the centenary of former Berkhamsted man Frederick Cox, whose nickname is Jock.
Daughter Margaret Casserley, 70, of Doctor’s Commons Road, Berkhamsted, said: “It’s probably stubbornness that’s kept him going for so long.”
She said he often refused help at his former home in the town’s Boxwell Road, which he moved out of last year, instead insisting that he could look after himself.
She said: “He’s always been practical – if something gets broken, he mends it himself.”
Jock was born in Watford in 1913, but moved to Aldbury in 1927, where his parents ran village pub the Valiant Trooper.
He played for Aldbury Football Club and moved to Berkhamsted in 1935, where he had two children with wife Ivy – known as Molly – who died in 1979, aged 69.
His first house in the town’s Ellesmere Road cost £400 and he soon became a member of the Artisan Berkhamsted Golf Club.
He worked in jobs including planting beech trees at Ashridge and for a woodyard at Bourne End Wharf in Hemel Hempstead, now the site of the B&Q DIY store in Two Waters.
He has two daughters, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.