Alfred “Alfie” Cossins got a special visit from the Queen (Joan Hogan) for his 100th birthday on Monday at Kinkora Golf Course. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

PHOTO: Royal 100th birthday celebration for Chilliwack’s Alfred Cossins

Cossins’ colourful life includes tap dancing, serving in the army and joining choir at age 80

Alfred “Alfie” Cossins got a special visit from the “Queen” (Joan Hogan) for his 100th birthday on Monday at Kinkora Golf Course.

Cossins served in the British Army and spent the Second World War in India and then Burma. In Burma he served with a special operations unit called the Chindits whose goal was to disrupt and create havoc behind the Japanese enemy lines.

A very athletic man, Cossins turned down a contract to play with Charlton Athletic Football Club and joined the army instead. While there, he was a champion boxer for the army and he also played rugby in his younger years.

Cossins moved to Chilliwack in 1990. When he got here he took up tap dancing (with Chilliwack Happy Tappers) and golf around the age of 70, and continued golfing until he was 95.

And although he’s hard of hearing, he joined the St. Thomas Anglican Church choir at the age of 80.

He still lives in his own home and has supper brought to him every night by his son Steve Cossins.



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