Archie (103) is still key member of church team
A remarkable Salisbury man who this month (March 2014) celebrates his 103rd birthday is still working hard ...
A remarkable Salisbury man who this month (March 2014) celebrates his 103rd birthday is still working hard.
Dividing his time between supporting the three Salisbury churches of St Osmund’s, St Gregory’s and The Church of The Holy Redeemer, Archie Campbell Murdock has never considered himself a hard-worker and sees his longstanding voluntary work as "just a part and parcel of who I am".
Born the year before the Titanic set sail, Archie is a committed member of his local Roman Catholic Church’s staff team. As he says, "I’ve done non-paid work since 1971 and these days I do anything that needs doing at the churches I am involved in".
"About 30 years ago I was organist and choirmaster at St Osmund’s and it’s nice to still have that connection with my local church. I still occasionally play the organ there and regularly sing in the choir."
In 2011, Archie Campbell Murdock became a resident of The Abbeyfield Society’s MacGregor House in Salisbury, where he enjoys living independently most of the time, but with support available if and when he needs it.
As the charity’s Senior House Manager Neil Thompson said: "Archie is an inspiration to us all. Very occasionally he takes a lift from a friend to one of the churches where he works, but most of the time he walks round Salisbury because he enjoys the exercise. He is a great addition to our community here at Abbeyfield and we wish him all the best for his 104th year."