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Saanich senior turned to poetry in 2020, published two books of limericks at 94 years old

Many unusual events took place in 2020, and as people around the world adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, some found solace in creative pursuits. This was the case for George Roberts, a Saanich resident in his mid-90s who published two books of poetry this past year.
Roberts, who marked his 95th birthday on Dec. 31, 2020, published his first book of 175 limericks, For Better or Verse, in 2017. He opened the book by explaining that limericks are humorous, five-line poems named for the town in Ireland where they’re said to have originated.
 
In 2020, Roberts released For Better or Verse Book 2 and Book 3He currently lives at the Abbeyfield House St. Peters seniors’ home on Reynolds Road and typed both new books himself on the computer that’s available to residents.
 
Roberts, who grew up in Ontario and had a career as an accountant, has always loved music. After the Second World War, he moved to Saanich in the ’50s and led choirs in local churches for 40 years. The 95-year-old still plays the piano and the trumpet regularly.
 
“Music is my life,” and accounting just “put food on the table,” he explained.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria tech company makes $2,000 Christmas donation to Saanich seniors’ home

Abbeyfield House residents benefit from smart TV, wireless headphones and more.
 
Christmas came early for a group of Saanich seniors who received a large donation from a Victoria-based tech company wanting to spread holiday joy amid the pandemic.
 
On Dec. 22, staff from Tutela Technologies stopped by the Abbeyfield House St. Peters seniors’ home on Reynolds Road to drop off a collection of gifts including a 65” Sony Smart TV and several pairs of wireless headphones...
 

 

 

 

 

 

In October, 2017, we renovated our kitchen.  It took 2 weeks to complete.

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