A CENTENARIAN still active well into his 101st year has died after catching pneumonia.
Wilf Coates, of North Shields, was still getting out and about regularly until a few weeks ago, and he remained a keen walker and carpet bowls player.
Wilf, 100 last July, fell and broke his hip last Thursday, however, and although a subsequent operation was successful, he contracted double pneumonia and died in hospital.
According to relatives, Wilf was active throughout his long life, being a keen rambler, badminton and tennis player and member of Linskill Bowls Club in North Shields, like his father before him, and the carpet bowls club at Cullercoats Community Centre.
Wilf spent most of his working life as a cashier at the Lloyds Bank, as it was then, in Wallsend.
A former pupil of the old Tynemouth High School, he was a member of North Shields Methodist Church, being a lifelong Methodist and teetotaller.
His nephew Michael said: “He was always of an inquisitive nature. If he saw a new bus route, he would jump on board to see which way it went.
“He would travel all over Tyneside and on the train to Hexham, Carlisle, Berwick and even Edinburgh to remember the places he used to drive in his old Austin and later his Morris Minor.”
Following a private cremation, all who knew Wilf are invited to a service of thanksgiving at North Shields Methodist Church, in Hawkeys Lane, at 1.15pm on Tuesday and for refreshments in the church hall afterwards.