Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP, attended a very special morning tea at the Abel Tasman Village in Chester Hill today to congratulate Mr Ben Kruize who turns 100 on the 28th of March.
Mr Kruize was raised in the Netherlands where his parents had a bakery. Although he had to make deliveries as a teenager, Mr Kruize decided he would not take over the family business and that he wanted to be a diesel mechanic.
In 1946 he was sent to Jakarta with the Peace Keeping Force where he worked for 18 months on trucks.
Upon migrating to Australia in 1960, Mr Kruize and his family rented a home in Condell Park for 12 months, before moving to Fairfield and later to Smithfield.
Mr Kruize and his late wife Maria have 6 kids, 20 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.
Mr Kruize is described by his family as a “hard worker who enjoyed working on trucks or just about anything with four wheels. Even after retirement he was always making something in his shed.”
Mr Clare said “Reaching 100 is a tremendous achievement for any person and I congratulate Mr Kruize on this extraordinary milestone.”
"It was a privilege to be able to celebrate this happy time with Mr Kruize and his family at the Abel Tasman Village." Mr Clare said.
Mr Clare invites residents to let his office know when they are celebrating a special 90th plus birthday or a 50th plus wedding anniversary so he can arrange for appropriate personal congratulatory messages.
"Celebrating important occasions like this with members of our community is a great privilege," Mr Clare said.
ISSUED: Tuesday, 20 March 2018