Sask Polytech alum sets Guinness World Record

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Lorne Figley says the key is to find something you love to do and make it your career.

Even though he’s 92-years-old, Lorne Figley is proud to be doing what he loves. In fact, Lorne has been the owner and operator of his own heating and plumbing business in Saskatoon for more than 65 years and was recently recognized by the Guinness Book of World records for being the world’s oldest plumber.

“Working helps keep my body fit and my brain sharp,” he says. “I don’t plan on retiring any time soon.”

Chuckling, he adds, “I hope to die with a pipe wrench in my hand.”

Lorne received his technical training at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in the 1950s and 1970s, and earned a number of certificates and trade tickets including sheet metal, plumbing, steam fitting/pipefitting/refrigeration and air conditioning.

Lorne said that his instructors at the institution were exceptional. He was happy to learn from topline instructors with employer connections – something that continues to be part of the benefits of a Sask Polytech education. He also says that having access to quality technical training enabled him to expand his expertise and survive economic ups and downs.

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