Jim and his wife have been long-time Ballina residents and still have friends and family in the area.
The couple met at a dance at Evans Head, where Jim was stationed with the Air Force.
“He was a good dancer. We got on like a house on fire”, said Val.
Jim and Val have five great-grandchildren, some of whom came up from Sydney to celebrate with them at the morning tea held in the hospital’s transitional care unit.