Summerset Falls’ oldest resident, Bob Edwards, formerly of Matakana, celebrated his 108th birthday on February 15.
Bob gained some notoriety in NZ as the world’s oldest driver, but begrudgingly surrendering his licence in 2013 on “doctor’s orders”. After emigrating from England when he was 19, he worked on the Greens farm in Matakana. He later bought a farm on the Omaha Flats, but later ran a boat service to Kawau Island and the ferry service at Rawene for many years. Bob and his wife Lesley both live in the care centre at the village in Warkworth. Some of Bob’s life is captured in a Local Folk interview done in 2014, which can be read here.
Bob is one of only two residents at Summerset aged 100 or older.