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“I’m overwhelmed” Kelowna centenarian celebrates birthday with vintage car drive-by

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“I’m overwhelmed I can’t believe it” Pandemic-style birthday for a 104-year-old Kelowna man includes a procession of vintage cars – May 24, 2021

One of Kelowna’s oldest residents had a very special birthday celebration.

Herbert Reimche turned 104-years-old on Sunday, May 23.

“I have a hard time believing it myself,” said Reimche.

Reimche was treated to a vintage car drive-by outside of his home for his impressive birthday.

“I’m overwhelmed, I can’t believe it.”

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Friends and family of Reimche didn’t want to let the birthday go uncelebrated, so they thought of the drive-by, which is very pandemic friendly.

“He’s a very special man, he’s very outgoing, very friendly,” said Twyla Gimbel, Reiche’s daughter. “The neighbourhood just loves him as much as I do.”

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The drive-by had many vintage cars in the makeshift parade, including a Ford 1939 Model T.

“Which used to have when he first came to the Okanagan in 1939,” his daughter told Global News.

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So how does one reach an age not many get to celebrate?

“Always having something to do, something to look forward too,” said Reimche.

“I spent a lot of time (figuring out how to stay busy). I look on the bright side of things, I’m an optimist and that goes a long way.”

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