A CABRAMATTA man will celebrate his 100th birthday this Friday.
Salvatore Macri, resides in Scalabrini Village in Chipping Norton, but had lived in Cabramatta for more than 40 years.
His youngest son, Gerry Macri said he had lived a full life and worked hard.
"He was a gardener, loved his red wine and his company," Gerry said.
"And he was working in the backyard right up until he was 98."
Salvatore emigrated from Italy in 1962, with two of his seven children.
By 1966, he had moved his whole family to Australia and bought his first home, in Cabramatta.
Salvatore's eldest daughter Nata Aloisio said that after serving in World War II for three years, her father wanted to settle down.
"He had just got married then he went to was off to war three days later — it was pretty much his honeymoon," she said.
"He settled down after the war and that was when he has his the kids, one after another.
"He chose to come Australia to make a better future for the family."
Mrs Aloisio said her father had slowed down in recent years and had been living at Scalabrini Village for two years.
The aged-care centre, along with his friends and family will be celebrating Salvatore's birthday with a cake cutting and morning tea, on Friday March, 14.