I congratulate local Oatley resident Doug Wickens for celebrating his 100th birthday on 30 April 2021. Doug is an inspiring man with a youthful heart who is full of humour, compassion and wisdom. Doug was born in Bankstown in 1921.
He was a proud student of Belmore Technical College, which he left in 1935 to pursue his interests in woodwork and national service. In 1938 he joined the Royal Australian Navy and was stationed in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans as well as in the convoys to Russia. In 1944 he returned home and a year later he married his wife, Betty Wickens, who has remained by his side for the past 75 years. A key to Doug's success and his long and healthy life is his beautiful family. His wife, Betty, children Colin and Rhonda, and four grandchildren have always kept him busy, but he has loved every minute of it. \
I again congratulate Doug Wickens on 100 years of outstanding service to his country, the community and his wonderful family.