ALBERT Francis Hazelman, 90, could only smile and thanked God for the life of his family and the Hazelman descendants.
Being the eldest Hazelman alive, Albert, a former Australian resident, said he would never forget his humble beginning at Naqaqa in Savusavu.
The Fiji Times met up with him at their family reunion at Rava Estate in the hidden paradise town on Friday where he was surrounded by his children, grandchildren, in-laws and extended family.
Born and bred in Savusavu, Mr Hazelman said the accomplishments of his descendants were through the sacrifices and struggles of his forefathers.
"While growing up, I used to milk the cow and do other chores before going to school and if I didn'ton't, I was always punished," he said.
"After completing such chores, I then make my way to school but I also get punished by the teachers because I was always late for classes.
"Times were hard back then but I struggled in order to be successful."
Members of the Hazelman family from around the world took time out to be part of a family reunion in Savusavu last week.