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Saturday 13 May 2023

Popcorn and a beer the secret to a long life

The key to enjoying a long life is regularly enjoying “popcorn and a beer”. New Zealand's oldest man says.

World War II veteran Jack Coe, who was born in 1916, celebrated his birthday this week with a caramel popcorn cake.

Coe was stationed in New Caledonia defending an American Air Force base during the war.

Drinks Business reported that he said the secret to living a long life was simply caramel popcorn and a beer.

Since World War II, Coe has lived in Bulls, a small town between Whanganui and Palmerston North, where he built a home to share with his wife Thora in 1950 and their two children.

He had been living independently until four months ago, before moving to an aged care facility in Taupō, close to his 77-year-old son Peter, Newshub reported.

Coe did not divulge his favourite beer brand or style but said that fishing was another activity that had kept him happy and healthy.

Coe ran a painting and decorating business before retiring over 40 years ago when he was 64. He said he had continued to fish until his 100th birthday.

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