Art White celebrates 100th birthday
One of Milford's most celebrated seniors, Arthur M. White, turned 100 yesterday, June 24, and celebrated in the midst of food, dancing and hoola hooping at the Costa Azzurra Restaurant in Milford.
Since his birth in Attleboro, Mass., on June 24, 1912, his creativity, energy and diversity of interests have brought him more opportunities than he could have hoped for.
White brought his family to the shores of Connecticut in 1941 when he was offered a government position. He, his wife, Isabel, and seven children moved to Milford in the mid-1940s. Climbing the professional ladder specializing in quality control, he worked for Norden, Underwood-Remington, Casco, and GE, from which he retired in 1971. The family of seven, all of whom still live in or near Milford, has since expanded to include 33 grandchildren, 57 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren. They are, as White says, “His greatest accomplishment in life.” Isabel passed in 1977.
White was one of the founders of the Milford Senior Center. As assistant program director, he innovated programs that continue to thrive and appeal to long-time and new members. He also founded the Senior Center's band and choral group. He has taught ballroom dancing and founded the senior bowling league. A constant presence at the center, he is well known and admired by members, volunteers and staff.
White has always made family his priority, and he still lives life to the fullest. That, he says, is the secret to his longevity.