Noor Minnies, from Heideveld, turned 90 on Sunday. Staying healthy, says Heideveld’s Noor Minnies, is the secret to longevity.Noor, who celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, takes a walk around the block every morning.He was born in Wynberg and stayed with his aunt, as his mother could not afford to take care of him. He attended a Catholic primary school in Wynberg but left in Grade 2 because his family could no longer afford to send him.The family also lost their home, and Noor moved to Grassy Park and stayed with another family member.At the time, he recalls, the area was mostly bush with very few houses. After a year, he was sent back to live with his mother. “My mother was a flower seller, and she went from door to door selling flowers. She lived in Constantia and had three other children with her husband. My mom passed away when I was 11-years-old, and at her funeral, another aunty took me home with her, and I stayed with her in Claremont,” he says.But this aunt drank and smoked and was involved in crime, says Noor, and he ran away to live with his family in Grassy Park. When he was 12, he started a job at a bakery in Lakeside, delivering bread to various stores. “I enjoyed working there and I had to look after my family because I took my aunty as my own mother. I worked there for two years, and at the age of 14, I worked at a factory in Retreat. There, I worked on the machines making boxes and cutting planks.”At the age of 15, he worked in a cigarette factory for four years. During this time, he met his first wife, Dina, and they got married when he was 19.“We would walk past each other on our way to work and greet and talk and that is how we go to know each other. “She worked at a hotel, and on weekends when I was off, I would visit her. We got married, and we stayed in Retreat, I rented a room there.”The couple had four children, Michael, Anne, Brenda, and Alic. Later, the family moved to Heideveld. Noor and Dina belonged to the St Lukes Church in Diep River, and they enjoyed dancing, especially langarm. But at the age of 34, Dina died of TB. Noor was 48 when he married his second wife, Mareldia. She died in 2008.Noor’s granddaughter, Nuraan Adams, 22, says he was a strict grandfather but often spoilt her and his other grandchildren. “He always liked us to beneat and tidy and pick upour things. Although he was strict, he would surprise us by packing our lunch and putting three blocks of chocolate next to it and giving us pocket money,” she says. Noor has eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.