It was quite the birthday and Father’s Day surprise for a 98-year-old man at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on Sunday, with the cast of Come From Away singing him “Happy Birthday.”
After taking their bows, the cast singled out Harry Whalen, who happens to be from Newfoundland.
“There is a father hear today with us who’s a Newfoundlander from way back. He’s not only a father of four; he’s a grandfather of seven, and a great-grandfather to four,” one of the cast members said in a video posted on CBC News.
The video shows Whalen surrounded by family and his wife of 68 years, jumping out of his seat when he was introduced, dancing and looking 98 years young.
As it turns out, Whalen is also full of surprises. According to the CBC report, Whalen celebrated his 97th birthday last year by doing the EdgeWalk at the CN Tower.