Clearwater man celebrates 98th birthday

Relatives and well-wishers fill the coffee shop at Wells Gray Inn to celebrate Ray Austin's 98th year

Ray Austin (l) gets a hug from his stepdaughter

Ray Austin (l) gets a hug from his stepdaughter

Ray Austin (l) gets a hug from his stepdaughter, Rose Marlow, as he celebrates his 98th birthday with cake at the Wells Gray Inn on Monday afternoon. The coffee shop was pretty well full with family members and well-wishers. Originally from Collingwood Corner, Nova Scotia, Austin has lived in Clearwater for about 45 years.