A special visit from MG for centenarian

Herald Series: John O'Shea and friends with the vintage MG John O'Shea and friends with the vintage MG

Former MG worker John O’Shea was reunited with his past on his 100th birthday.

The Abingdon centenarian, who lives at Nicholson House off Gainsborough Green, came up close to one of the cars which came off the production line at the Cemetery Road factory where he worked for more than 20 years.

The car was driven to the home by MG Car Club as part of Mr O’Shea’s birthday celebrations on Saturday.

Born in Waterford in Ireland, Mr O’Shea worked on Abingdon Railway between 1949 and 1951 and then at the MG factory from 1951 to 1977.

He then worked from 1977 to 1981 packing cameras at Vivitar in Caldecott Road.

He was a member of Abingdon Camera Club and often photographed weddings and christenings in and around the town.

He was married to Olive (nee Leslie), who was born in Abingdon, for 64 years until she died in 2009. They had three daughters – Mary, Rosamund and Leslie – seven grandchildren and one great grandson.

His daughter Leslie Ker Watson said: “During their lives together they enjoyed dances at the MG Club, walking, coach trips to the seaside, but most importantly, family life. Despite being deaf and with a poor memory, he is usually cheerful, always has good manners and has a happy disposition.

“On saying goodbye, he usually says ‘enjoy yourself – see you when I see you’ which is a cheery response and shows he is happy.”

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