A respected infantryman


Today is Anzac Day, and we would like to take a moment to recognise Roy Cato, a resident at our Fernbank retirement community.

Long term resident of Sydney’s Upper North Shore, Roy is well known and respected among the local community.

During World War II, he served as both an infantryman and in the military police, which saw him transferred to New Guinea to preside over the Japanese surrender. He spent two years and four months in the jungle protecting prisoners, a role which many did not relish.

After returning to civilian life, Roy hit the road to pursue a career as a freelance commercial traveller. Right up until retirement, he specialised in retailing women’s and children’s clothing, an unlikely occupation for a former soldier.

This year, Roy is celebrating his 100th birthday. When asked for his secret to making it a century in life, Roy says golf and swimming played a big part in his wellbeing.

“I swim in the pool every morning with my friend Dianne. We both started swimming together in 2004, and we used to ride exercise bicycles before we swam.

“Although I quit golf a few years ago, it is the game that gets you through life. The course was my second home, it takes your mind off your troubles.”

Across Australia, Aveo communities are home to many brave people who, just like Roy, dedicated their lives for our nation. We thank you for your service.

Lest we forget.

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