He’s 104 and going strong

February 20, 2008

He’s 104 and going strong

18 February 2008, 06:55
By Brian Indrelunas

A Capetonian who has lived through more than a century and holds the record times for his age group in the 100 metres and 200m sprints has added another year to his age.

Philip Rabinowitz – born 104 years ago in Keidan, Lithuania – said "absolutely everything has changed" over his lifetime.

His birthday was on Saturday, and dozens of relatives and friends joined the centenarian for a party at his home in Hout Bay on Sunday.

Rabinowitz said turning 104 "was absolutely wonderful",

"Even if it goes more, it’ll still be very nice," he said.

Four generations of relatives were at the party.

Sitting on his patio, Rabinowitz embraced his great-grandchildren while he blew out the candles on his cake.

His great-niece, Lisa Shankman, brought her infant daughter, Gabriella, to see Rabinowitz.

"It’s amazing. Last week I was at my nephew’s fourth birthday party, and today I’m at my great-uncle’s 104th birthday party," Shankman said.

Longtime family friend Maureen Helman said that for years Rabinowitz had not seemed to age. "He’s now a legend," she said.

The avid walker, who logs up two or three kilometres a day, once lived in a retirement home.

"My mom was frail, so they went to a retirement home, but when she passed away he was too active to stay there," daughter Joyce Kruger said.

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