West Sechelt’s Patricia Crawshay celebrated her 100th birthday on March 21 with a few of her family members, sporting her signature pink hairdo and her letter from the Queen.
Crawshay was born in 1921 in Liverpool, England. After the Second World War, she and her husband Richard moved to Canada. They drove to Moose Jaw, where they bought horses – despite it being Patricia’s first time on a horse.
Then the couple travelled further west to the Interior, where they came to own an apple orchard.
Crawshay has lived on the Sunshine Coast for more than 25 years. She likes to take a daily kilometre-long stroll on the seawall.
She and Richard celebrated their 75th anniversary last June, before he passed away later in 2020. They raised three sons, have four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
According to neighbour Kate von Riesen, Crawshay’s recipe for a long life is a gin and tonic every night.