Pool party: 94-year-old credits an active lifestyle for his longevity
by Lindsay Field
May 30, 2013 12:00 AM | 2076 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Charlie Duncan of Marietta celebrated his 94th birthday Monday. Duncan has been participating in the water aerobics class at the McCleskey East Cobb Family YMCA three times a week for more than 20 years. <br>Staff/Laura Moon
Charlie Duncan of Marietta celebrated his 94th birthday Monday. Duncan has been participating in the water aerobics class at the McCleskey East Cobb Family YMCA three times a week for more than 20 years.
Staff/Laura Moon
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MARIETTA — Charlie Duncan of east Cobb celebrated his 94th birthday with a splash.

His friends surprised him with a birthday party at the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA on Wednesday morning following their water aerobics class.

Staying active is his secret to a long, healthy life.

“I do nothing but water aerobics,” Duncan said. “I don’t touch any of the machines on the count of having arthritis in my hips and back. It’s the best thing in the world.”

He also eats what he loves, sleeps well and stays active any other way he can, more specifically by square dancing with his wife of 36 years, Mary.

“He wouldn’t miss this class for anything,” she said.

The party was put together by his water aerobics classmate Katie Malone, whose husband, Dick Malone, has been in the class with Duncan for the last 20-plus years.

“I think it’s great,” said Dick Malone, 81, about his active friend. “He’s a miracle!”

The class is open to people of all ages and they meet three times a week.

“If you can last, you can come,” Malone said.

Duncan turned 94 on Monday. He was born and raised in Cherokee County but moved to Cobb in 1930. He retired 32 years ago from Randall Brothers in Atlanta.

“I’ve seen all the changes in Cobb County,” he said. “And I’ve outlived pretty much everyone in my family.”
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misterbill
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May 30, 2013
Good luck to you Charlie. May you be with us for a lot longer. Continue to enjoy yourself and set an example for other seniors to be as active as they can.
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