Ellis Rippon claims to have discovered the secret to a long and happy life - no stress.
The 102-year-old Sheffield man, who celebrated his birthday this week, revealed he has never really worried about much of anything, something that seems to be working for him.
Ellis’ second cousin David Timson told The Star: “Ellis has always said he believes his stress-free life is the secret to his impressive age.
“He also signed a pledge of teetotalism during the 1930s era of prohibition, something he’s stuck to resolutely throughout his life, so maybe that played a part too.”
Ellis, who lives at Darwin House care home in Crosspool, Sheffield, chose to spend his birthday at Graves Park at the weekend, visiting the animals at the petting zoo before enjoying some fish and chips.
Born in Rotherham in 1913, Ellis spent his working life in the steelworks as a shift manager. He married his wife Margaret in 1939.
David said: “Ellis and Margaret lived happily together in the same house, on Cardoness Road in Crosspool, that they bought when they got married. After Margaret died about 15 years ago, Ellis continued to live there alone until he moved into the care home at Christmas.
“The couple never had any children, just lots of dogs, but he’s always been a very happy, independent bloke.”
And David revealed Ellis’ other great love - cars.
“Ellis was still driving until he was about 97, he’s amazing!” said David.
“And then once he stopped driving, he had a mobility scooter he’d whizz around the city in - but it was a really souped up one with sports trim and extra lights.
“That’s just Ellis - he’s a great bloke.”