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Mendon Resident Celebrates 100 Years of Living

Mendon resident John Cappa celebrated his 100 birthday at the Senior Center with a group of his friends.

For Mendon resident John Cappa's 100th birthday, a group of guests came out to wish their special friend a very happy birthday on the afternoon of January 24. During the Senior Center's weekly Thursday lunch, a party with cards, a few gifts, and of course cake was held in honor of Cappa reaching the century mark.

The celebration began after lunch was finished. The group sang Happy Birthday to Cappa. An enormous birthday cake was brought before him with a few candles on top that Cappa had no difficulty blowing out. He received a number of congratulations and even a few birthday kisses from the ladies of the group.

Cappa is a regular at the Senior Center who spends a several days a week there taking part in various activities. Most recently, he's been participating in the Center's Chair Yoga classes. "He is amazing. He's pretty darn limber for 100," said Senior Center Director Amy Wilson Kent.

Cappa was born in Boston and has lived in Mendon for the last several years. He is a Navy veteran who served in both World War II and the Korean War. After his time in the military, he worked as a contract painter until retirement.

Rona Lane, a friend of Cappa's who volunteers to drive him to his favorite spots and loves to spend time with her friend, attended the birthday celebration. "I'm the volunteer who loves him. He's so spry," she said. Lane added she and Cappa play lots of checkers and enjoy going out to breakfast together. He's also an avid sports fan and loves watching his favorite Boston sports teams play including the Red Sox, the Patriots, and the Bruins.

At 100, he still maintains a great sense of humor. When asked what his secret was to living a century, he said firmly and without hesitation, "I don't drink and I don't smoke!" He joked with his guest, "I'm going to live to 200." Cappa seems to be a beloved member among the Senior Center community. In 2011, he moved into a new apartment and was thrown a "shower" of sorts receiving number of gifts to help furnish his new digs. Wilson Kent also managed to get several local businesses to make donations to help make Cappa's new apartment a home.


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