About me I came out here from New York City in 1996. I was living in an apartment along Depew Street when I first moved here. I remember three men knocking on my door, claiming they were my …
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I came out here from New York City in 1996. I was living in an apartment along Depew Street when I first moved here. I remember three men knocking on my door, claiming they were my neighbors. They entered my apartment with guns with intentions to rob me. They went into separate rooms, and I took off. I ran out of my apartment saying there was a fire, and the men left.
After that incident, I decided to move to Eaton Senior Communities in Lakewood.
Life before Lakewood
I was drafted into the Army during World War II, but I was never deployed out of the States. I worked in a rehab center where military members would stay at. One night, I got called in the middle of the night, because a military member was going to jump off the ledge at a hotel. I talked him out of it and told him we have things to do tomorrow. I’ll never forget that.
In New York City, I sold life insurance for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for 30 years. After I retired, I went to work in administration at Evander Childs High School.
We’d spend our summers on a farm in Pennsylvania to escape the city life. I loved it.
100 years old
I turned 100 on June 10, and I’m hoping I’ll live another 100 years. A lot of tragedies happen in life. My parents died, my wife died and my sister died. I’ve learned that even though tragedies happen, it’s important to enjoy life.
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