A man who’s called Bunbury his home for nearly 94 years turned 103 on Thursday. Ray Matthews celebrated the day treated to a fish and chips lunch at his cards club in Eaton, and planned to see family on the weekend in Mandurah. Mr Matthews has had a long and storied life, starting his career at Sherry’s grocery store on Victoria Street when he was 14. After the war, Mr Matthews returned to his job in a grocery store and it was a career that lasted nearly five decades as he moved to Woolworths and worked there until he was 63. He was so dedicated to his work he even told his employer he was younger than his real age so he could work an extra few years. Long after retiring, Mr Matthews still kept himself busy as he enjoyed his dancing and regular lawn mowing rounds. He thinks his service was a much better deal than others today. “I used to mow the lawn and charge $20 to mow the lawn, they charge you $50 now,” he said. “Mrs Brown would say from next door ‘can you mow mine?’ before I knew it I had 20 odd lawns to do.” While he’s had to give up his activities, he still makes it to dance groups to listen to the music about once a fortnight and plays cards in Eaton once a week. Mr Matthews has three daughters, six grand children, 15 great-grand children and three great-great-grand children spread across Bunbury, Perth, Mandurah and Tammin.