Centenarian says helping others is key to longevity

09:13 12 September 2013

Reginald Benger celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Reginald Benger celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Archant

The 100-year-old from Westward Ho! spent his life as a research chemist before becoming a preacher in Bideford.

THE perfect blend of science and faith could be the key to the longevity of one centenarian who celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday.

Reginald Benger, who was born in London in 1913, moved to North Devon 40 years ago where he married his late wife Daphne.

Mr Benger, who studied science at University, spent his career as a research chemist at Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI).

But upon moving to Bideford, the chemist started working for Bethel Church in East-the-Water, where he preached for 10 years.

Now the father of three, grandfather of five and great-grandfather of seven is a resident at the Golden Sands Residential Home in Westward Ho!

When asked the secret to a long life, Mr Benger said: “Help other people as much as you can.

“God has been good to me,” he said. “I wanted to do all I possibly could for him in return.”

Mr Benger spent his birthday afternoon surrounded by family and friends, enjoying tea and cakes at the residential home.

0 comments

Other News Stories

08:39
Winkleigh Airfield aircraft watch tower

A two-storey World War Two watchtower and parts of a secret wartime airfield are being auctioned for £35,500-£50,000 on September 22, along with its nine acres of land and several outbuildings.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:12
Bideford Hospital.

Health bosses announces plans for sessions in Hatherleigh, Lynton and Barnstaple

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition


North Devon's trusted business finder