Frank may be our oldest man, but it?s a long story
By HANNAH ROSS
BANGALOW'S Frank Scarrabelotti is now believed to be Australia's oldest man.
The death last week of World War I digger Peter Casserly, who was 107, has elevated Mr Scarrabelotti to the role of Australia's most senior male citizen.
Mr Scarrabelotti declined to comment on his new preeminent position.
Instead, he preferred to save up his thoughts on the matter for what has become his annual birthday interview with The Northern Star.
Mr Scarrabelotti will turn 108 on August 4.
A spokesperson for the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages said they were unable to confirm Australia's oldest residents. However, he said Mr Scarrabelotti was a hot contender.
Unlike Mr Casserly who was living in a nursing home in Perth and was frail and almost blind, Mr Scarrabelotti still lives an active life in his own house with his wife, Nell.
Every Sunday he attends Mass at St Kevin's church in Bangalow, dressed immaculately in tie and hat.
He is a regular at the Byron Hotel at Bangalow on Saturday mornings once the TAB opens for business.
The beautiful roses lining the fence of his home in Granuaille Road remain a source of pride and pleasure.
In fact, it is not unusual to see Mr Scarrabelotti on his knees in the front yard, tending the soil with a small trowel.
To learn the secrets of such stamina from Australia's oldest man, we must now eagerly await his next birthday.
It will be worth the wait.