Stories About The Senior Residents of Our Community

George & Albert

Born in England 28th March 1921 Passed away 4th October 2020

During this time, he did not see Irene for four years, and two weeks after he returned from the war, they got married. They moved to Australia in 1951 from England, and the following year, on October 27, they became the first people to move into Greenway. He is the longest-standing resident of the housing commission complex.

Mr Leaper worked hard as a carpenter, both with Leighton and as a subcontractor, and the couple toured the world on cruise ships. “We had a wonderful life together,” he said. He retired in 1981 but maintains a busy schedule as he still drives a car, buys his groceries, does all his cleaning, and keeps his apartment in immaculate condition. And when asked what the secret to his good health is, he said “I don’t know. Just plodding along.”

Picture by DAVID SWIFT, from Mosman Daily
Picture by DAVID SWIFT, from Mosman Daily

“He got a lot of aches and pains. although a lot of people were a lot worse off than him so what have I got to complain about really? He just kept pressing on,” he said.

Why did war veteran and widower George Leaper, 93, stop trying to chat to people.

“IT’D be nice to have a chat.” George Leaper wasn’t asking for much. The 93-year-old war veteran simply liked to enjoy a friendly conversation when he was out on his regular walks.

But he gave up as he found time and time again that people were more interested in their mobile phones and laptops.

“They don’t want to say anything,” he said. “He sat on a seat one day and a woman came and sat beside him. He said ‘Oh, did you have a nice walk across the bridge?’ yes, very nice’. “And then out comes the phone.”

Mr Leaper lived alone as his wife Irene died in 2007.

They could not have children and he had one friend left in Sydney. “They’re all gone,” he said.

He often walked from his home in Greenway Housing Estate to Milsons Point station where he watched the birds from a seat under the shade of the tunnel. He wished people would talk more often to him and to each other and felt people did not have time any more. “He got to the stage and didn't bother (approaching people). New people come into the flats, they did’t want to talk,” he said. “He could go in and out of the flats and not see anybody. It’s amazing. He didn’t worry as long as he got his paper every day, and his soccer on Friday nights. He was always happy.

Mr Leaper was filled with stories from his life.

He served as a carpenter for the RAF in World War II and travelled with the forces to the Middle East and Italy.

Albert

Albert Edward Morgan 5 April 1908–6 July 2015

With sadness, we advise that Albert Morgan passed away on Monday evening, 6 July 2015, aged 107. Albert was the oldest resident at Greenway Housing Estate and had lived there for 57 years.

Born in Pentre, South Wales on 5 April 1908, Albert saw a lot change in his long life. He was married to Olive for 70 years. He passed away peacefully at the Royal North Shore Hospital on Monday 6 July 2015.

Albert will be remembered not only for his age, but also his sense of humour and cheeky personality.

A Thanksgiving and Memorial Service was held at Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday 9 July 2015. R.I.P.