Thursday June 26, 2014
Resident Lenny Roberge smiled when asked if he had any words of wisdom after turning 100 years old June 12. “I don’t know if I have any wisdom,” he reflected, “but I have always tried to treat people the way I’d like them to treat me.”
With his positive attitude, appreciation of friends and family, sense of humor, love of music, and pie-making talent, Mr. Roberge is a valued and well-recognized community figure, and was highlighted as a “Super Senior” on WCAX in October 2012.
Friends and family marked the important occasion of Roberge’s becoming a centenarian with balloons, flowers, cake, and – yes – two birthday parties. Pillsbury Manor, his place of residence, “gave me a party I will never forget,” Roberge noted.
Several days later, guests traveled from nine different states to attend a second party hosted by his family and organized by his three children: resident Lucille Nadeau, Joan Sullivan, and Ed Roberge. Granddaughter Lauren Roberge asked those in attendance, “Can any of us begin to imagine what it would feel like to have lived a complete century on this planet? One hundred years ago the first scheduled airline flight flew between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida; the Boston Red Sox purchased Babe Ruth from the Baltimore Orioles; and Henry Ford introduced an assembly line for the Model T.”Son Ed Roberge celebrated his father’s “life well lived.” “Wherever you go,” he noted, “you continue to press on and make the best of your circumstances. There is something to be said about being content. Instead of worrying about today, you live it. You always said yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, but today is the present that we give ourselves.”
The celebration did make room for memories through a slide show that highlighted Roberge’s life, including his stint in the Navy during World War II and his 64-1/2 years of marriage with his wife Agnes Connor Roberge, who passed away seven years ago.“I look back with so much appreciation to my parents for so many wonderful memories,” recalled his daughter Lucille Nadeau. “The best memories are those of simple times: the picnics, birthday parties, winter carnivals, holidays, and trips to visit our cousins.”
To her father, Nadeau added, “At 100, you remain so very engaged in living, taking pure joy in your life, being grateful for every moment. How you have lived has been a blessing to all those with whom you have come in contact. Thank you for all that you have taught me.
SOURCE: Susie Merrick, Contributor