They say that wisdom comes with age, and this is certainly the case with Mrs Lorna Hoare, one of our Grasmere Terrace residents. Lorna recently celebrated her 102nd Birthday with her closest family and friends.
Born and raised in Abergavenny, Wales, Lorna trained as an art teacher and was happily teaching handicapped children in a school in Norwich when she met Harry at a dance in the summer of 1939. He and Lorna were married on the 6th September, 1939 (three days after the start of the Second World War).
Harry and Lorna moved to Australia in 1951 with their two young children, Rod and Jenny. They settled into the northern suburbs of Sydney. Their family grew by two with the arrival of daughters Mandy and Mindy. The children’s love of horses resulted in the purchase of a small, run down farm in the Picton area. They moved permanently to the Picton district when Harry retired in 1977 after a very interesting career in the construction industry that included being Resident Director and Project Manager of the Sydney Opera House construction.
Lorna became increasingly involved with the local community after settling into their farm, ‘Shingle Hill’, with Harry and the family. Through her interest and hard work, Lorna established an award winning garden, and became engrossed with the setting up of the Picton Garden Club. She served as it’s inaugural President.
After their move to Carrington in 2005, Lorna rediscovered her artistic leanings at the age of 91. She amazed family and friends with a wonderful outpouring of paintings and portrait sketches, many of which currently decorate her room in Grasmere Terrace.
Lorna has always loved being with people, and she always enjoyed being involved in parties and events. A particular highlight in her life was being presented to the Queen at the opening of the Sydney Opera House.
Harry and Lorna were happily married for 72 years. Her family believe that the success of this partnership was in no small part due to Lorna’s indomitable spirit and her boundless sense of humour. Harry passed away at Carrington in 2011 at the age of 97, but he hasn’t left Lorna- he is regularly in her thoughts.
Lorna is admired and adored by her ever growing family- they are all in awe of the very full 102 years of life that she has lived so far.
Happy Birthday Lorna!