CORNWALL, Ontario – Riverfront Retirement Residence helped celebrate a very special occasion for one of their residents. Rene Proulx turned 100 on Monday, July 19.
Born on that day in 1921, Proulx was raised on a farm in Lochiel, Glengarry, Ontario and was the son of John Proulx and Yvonne (Lefevbre) Proulx.
Rene worked on the farm throughout World War II, as farmers were considered an essential trade to help feed the nation during the war.
Later on, he found himself working in Montreal for Procter & Gamble after earning a degree in Power Engineering. Proulx retired from Procter & Gamble in 1984.
Rene said that he feels fine at 100 years of age, and credits his longevity to not smoking or drinking.
He does also come from some seemingly strong genes.
Proulx had an older brother and sister who both reached 100-years-old and has a brother who is 96.
“I don’t think I did anything super to keep me up there,” Proulx said.