Meet ‘Bill’ a musical soul living in aged care

Bill Flynn, a resident at Regis Sandgate-Musgrave recently agreed to an interview to impart some wisdom, some history, and some of his passion for music. Orphaned at 27 days old, Bill spent his formative years in an orphanage and boys home. Bill became a dairy and wheat farmer when grown and married the love of his life Thelma in Toowoomba 1953.

This began a relationship spanning over 60 years bringing them immense joy and three children John, Peter and Karen. Even though Thelma recently passed on, Bill continues to see the beauty in life and is passionate about one of his other great loves-music.

Bill Flynn with all of his harmonicas

A talented musician, he plays the mouth organ, accordion and boasts a diverse collection of harmonicas. Bill’s favourite activity at Regis aged care home is the sing-a-long with ‘Could I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life’ his number #1 favourite song. Lifestyle staff Kay comments “Bill often requests this at our concerts and sits there with a huge smile on his face. He’s a true gentleman with a beautiful soul and always up for a chat with a smile for everyone.”

Bill can often be seen playing music on the veranda at Regis Sandgate-Musgrave. Visitors provide an audience for impromptu performances and a quick chat. Many comment at the pleasant melodies, positive demeanour and soulful take on life.

Does Bill have any life advice for our readers? Well yes, Bill learnt very quickly to “Put your tongue in your cheek and say nothing!”

Find out more about our aged care lifestyle programs or call Regis Advice 1300 998 100 to Book a Tour.

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