Jacob moved to Gladstone at age 75
TARGINNIE'S Jacob Krasnoff, who would have celebrated his 104th birthday this December, died of pneumonia on Wednesday.
Russian-born Jacob, who first fled the Communists in Russia to live in China, later also fled from the Chinese Communists in 1960 to live in Australia, his son, Serge Krasnoff, said yesterday.
Mr Krasnoff said his father, who was born in 1901, is survived by three of his eight children 'but there are too many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren to mention without risk of forgetting someone', he said.
Mr Krasnoff said his father first went to live in Melbourne, where he worked at the Volkswagen factory.
However, after 15 years there he decided to move to Targinnie because at that time there was quite a large Russian community there.
Jacob Krasnoff was 75 when he moved to the Gladstone area and was already a pensioner.
'He bought a 50-acre (20 hectare) property and did some hobby farming, raising some cows and grew a few fruit trees,' his son said.
Mr Krasnoff said his father loved Australia and was never keen to go back to Russia following a trip he made there in 1992 to visit his daughter.
'He said nothing much had changed there (in Russia) in the last 100 years,' Mr Krasnoff said. Mr Krasnoff said his father had always been fit and healthy.
However he broke his leg in a fall in April, then broke the same leg in June and was in Gladstone Hospital when pneumonia set in.