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'I can't complain for 105': Yarmouth woman celebrates a big birthday

Eva Robicheau 105th-birthday celebration.<br />ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO
Eva Robicheau 105th-birthday celebration.<br />ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO
YARMOUTH, N.S. —

 The day after reaching another milestone in longevity, Yarmouth resident Eva Robicheau was on the receiving end of well wishes from relatives and friends.

“How are you?” one of them asked.

“I can’t complain for 105,” she said.

That’s right. Eva Robicheau was born in 1911 (on Feb. 12 of that year) and on Saturday afternoon at The Meadows – the Yarmouth home for special care where she lives – a birthday party was held for her.

The Yarmouth native said it was great to see so many people on hand to help her celebrate, including her three children: sons Richard Robicheau and George Robicheau and daughter Katherine Wight.

Among the guests in attendance for the birthday celebration was Yarmouth Mayor  Pam Mood, who presented Eva with a certificate of congratulations.

A visitor remarked how joyful she looked.

“I am,” Eva said.  “I’ve got a good family and they keep me happy.”

She also says she’s glad to be at The Meadows, where she has lived for over two years.

“It’s wonderful,” she said. “The people are wonderful.”

Prior to moving to The Meadows, she had been living in an apartment at Trinity Place in Yarmouth. Her husband, Frank, died in 1998.

MORE ABOUT EVA ROBICHEAU:

• She’s lived through two World Wars and the Great Depression.

• While Yarmouth awaits word on ferry service for 2016, Eva lived in the days when the Yarmouth Steamship Co. Ltd. travelled between Yarmouth and Boston.

• Eva and her husband Frank had 3 children. Eva’s husband Frank died in 1998. Up until three years ago she was living in an apartment at Trinity Place.

• Asked last year on her 104th birthday about her greatest accomplishments in life, Eva says it was working as a supervisor at the hospital in the dietician/food department for 23 years, and, of course, raising her family. She takes amazing pride in both.

• Danielle Steele books were a favourite pasttime in her downtime.

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