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'Never had a cold' Esther Phipps turns 100
Esther Phipps celebrated her 100th birthday on June 28. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

There’s something to be said for living a simple life says Esther Phipps, who turned 100 on June 28.

She celebrated living a full century with some family, friends and staff at the Upper Canada Lodge on Friday afternoon. Holding her card from the Queen, which is traditionally given to Canadians who reach 100 years, she sipped tea while waiting for her guests to arrive.

She says she has no secrets for reaching such an iconic age, though she addmitted she’s always been “pretty healthy.”

“I’ve never had a common cold. Other than a few surgeries, nothing much. Just little things, a knee replacement. I lost an eye – cataract.”

Her advice to the younger generation? It’s quite simple: “Don’t waste your life. Don’t sit at home and think what should have happened to you, feeling unlucky. Get out, get on with it,” she says.

Remembering living in England during the second world war, Phipps says she was never really frightened, “I didn’t have time to be frightened.”

She made it through the war and on to 100 years with the mentality that she just would, she says.

“I never thought that I wouldn’t survive.”