Celebrating 99 years

Longtime Clearwater resident Ray Austin blows out the candles on a cake as he celebrates his 99th birthday

Longtime Clearwater resident Ray Austin blows out the candles on a cake as he celebrates his 99th birthday.

Longtime Clearwater resident Ray Austin blows out the candles on a cake as he celebrates his 99th birthday.

Longtime Clearwater resident Ray Austin blows out the candles on a cake as he celebrates his 99th birthday.

A small crowd gathered in the Wells Gray Inn coffee shop on Nov. 19 to participate in his birthday party.

Originally from Collingwood Corner, Nova Scotia, Austin has lived in Clearwater for about 45 years and retired 25 years ago. A fine woodworker, he formerly made violins by hand.

Below: Ray Austin enjoys a laugh during his birthday party.

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