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Family joins ‘original thinker’ for 90th

Many happy returns: Bob Pywell celebrated his 90th birthday with, from left, Chris Pywell, Kevin Pywell, Kathy Russell, Leslie Pywell, Lawrie Pywell, Robyn Collins, Sue Byrne, Tom Pywell and Mary Russell. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORDBOB Pywell returned to his favourite watering hole for a special reason on Sunday.
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A beer or two was called for as he celebrated his 90th birthday with friends and family at the Black HillHotel.

Three generations of family travelled from nearly every state in Australia to join Bob on his big day.

His nine children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren joined in the celebrations for the man they say is one of a kind.

Daughter Kathy Russell said it was his originality that set him apart from everyoneelse.

“He is not like anyone else’s dad I know. He is an original thinker,” she said.

“He is a character with a wry sense of humour.”

She wasn’t wrong.

At 90, Bob still knows how to crack a good joke. He hadn’t even sat down before he was asking why the chicken crossed the road.

But for Bob, the best part of his day was spending it with everyone he loved.

“It has taken by a bloody long time to get here,” he said.

“I didn’t expect everyone to be here. They have come from Perth, South Australia, Sydney and Tasmania.”

Asked what his key to such a long and happy 90 years was, Bob simply said: “You’ve got to keep on eating and breathing.

“You win some, you lose some; the sun comes up and it goes down; it starts raining and you get back in bed.

“Never let anything get to you.” Bob’s official birthday is on Wednesday, but he is already planning for his 95th birthday.

And the answer as to why the chicken crossed the road was: “For some fowl reason.”

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