Century of birthdays for popular odd-jobs man ‘Max’


A COMMUNITY-spirited man who used to spend hours doing odd jobs for neighbours, free of charge, has celebrated his 100th birthday at a Bulwell residential home

HENRY ROE, who is known to his friends as ‘Max’, was born on February 3 1911 and survived both world wars.

He has been a popular resident of the Marlstones home on Aldgate Close for the last four years.

Before that, he lived independently in The Meadows, Nottingham. His wife, Florence Lavinea, known as Vena, died several years ago but the couple were married for more than 50 years.

Mr Roe was born and raised in North Wingfield, near Chesterfield. But he moved to Nottingham with his family as his father travelled to find work as a joiner.

During his own working life, Mr Roe was a lorry driver for 44 years for a farm at Gamston.

At various stages, he was loaned to Notts County Council by his boss and was often known to have worked through the night, driving a snow plough in bad weather.

To mark his milestone birthday, Mr Roe received a commemorative card from the Queen. The home also threw a tea party, complete with a birthday cake.

Mr Roe has a daughter, Susan Frudd, who lives in Lincolnshire.

In his younger days, he enjoyed comedy shows, especially the duo Morecambe and Wise.

Debbie Whiley, activities co-ordinator at Marlstones, said: “Max is a pretty sociable guy.

“He has had some health problems recently, but to live independently for as long as he did is an amazing achievement.”