He conquered a mobile phone in his late 80s, bought his last car at the age of 99, was still driving at 102, could manage three remotes to listen to his beloved music on the sound system in his elderly years – and lived to be the oldest man in Australia.
At the time of his passing, Mr Powell was remembered as a true gentleman, whose integrity, loyalty, logic and impeccable manners never wavered despite witnessing great changes over the years.
Mr Powell was a true gentleman – his manners were impeccable, and he sported a dress code to match, always opting for a tie or cravat.
Music was one of his great passions, with anything from Beethoven to Acker Bilk, Mendelssohn to Glen Miller, heard coming from his room at Tamworth Bupa Aged Care right up until his final weeks.
Over the years, Mr Powell told The Leader that if he knew the secret to longevity, he would have bottled it and become a millionaire.