Cyril Clymo's 100th Birthday
Cyril Clymo turned 100 on 23rd December 2019.
Growing up, Cyril, the youngest of 9 children, helped in the family business with his sisters. The family business was selling chaff and firewood. He used to stack the Mallee roots for firewood and kept the heaters stoked with coke to run the hot water to keep the chooks warm. He also helped with the chaff cutting and worked on the bread cart with his older brother Albert.
Cyril attended Eaglehawk state school number 210 then Bendigo Junior Technical School.
At 16 years of age he started work at Stillwells Emporium where he worked for 81⁄2 years. Then after WW2 broke out he enlisted. He joined the army, the Light horse brigade which then became a rifle brigade.
He met his wife Marjory at a dance in St Kilda and they married on 24 December 1943 in the Presbyterian Church, Croydon Park. Marjory, the love of his life, passed away on 8 April 1991.
Cyril has 5 children, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. This will increase to 3 great grandchildren in early January 2020.
He started collecting stamps at a very early age and joined Bendigo Stamp Club. Then war intervened and he did not start collecting stamps again until he joined Strathfield - Burwood Philatelic Society which had been formed by two break-away members of the Kingsgrove Society. The first stamp meetings were
held at the Burwood Community Centre, later moving to Strathfield Community Centre. At Strathfield Community Centre he held various positions and ended up being in charge of the circuit books
Over the years, he visited many stamp clubs including Eastwood-Epping and Earlwood where he was a member of both.
Cyril enjoyed many years of working as a volunteer at Philas, assisting in the sorting and pricing of stamps which came in for auction. During this time he made many friends.
For many months, Cyril and Col Ryan visited the Manly Club Auction days which they always enjoyed.
At present, with the help of members of the Anglican Stamp Club, he occasionally still attends their meetings at North Rocks.
His latest country in the collecting field is Japan, however he also has a large collection of stamps from the USA, Great Britain and Canada.
He is a life member of both Parramatta and Strathfield Stamp Clubs. He was also a member of the Philatelic Society of Australia.
Over the years he has corresponded with people in the USA, Canada and the UK (one of whom travelled to Sydney for his 100th birthday celebrations).
contributed by Sandy Clymo (daughter)
Col Ryan, Cyril and Bruce Taylor at Cyril's 100th birthday party.
Cyril with his immediate family and some of his extended family.