British Columbia’s Peace Arch Stamp Club presented co-founder Alfred Bennett, Canada’s oldest active philatelist, with a birthday card during its monthly meeting on June 1, when he turned 102 years old.
The group’s first member, Bennett united collectors in Fraser Valley, B.C., by helping to form the club in 1989. He has remained a member throughout the past 33 years, which followed his service as a Second World War tank commander in North Africa and Italy, his work as a police officer at the prime minister’s office in London, England, and then his time in New Zealand, where he raised two children. Bennett now lives on Canada’s west coast, where he continues to enjoy philately.
In 2020, as part of that year’s CSN Cover Contest, the Peace Arch Stamp Club took the top honour in the club category for a submission celebrating Bennett’s 100th birthday and his title as the country’s oldest philatelist. Happy birthday, Alfred!