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June 18, 2013

100 reasons to smile

Lavin receives Seabrook's Boston Post Cane

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“I have no secret,” he said. “I’ve worked and taken care of my family. And I’ve kept busy with local clubs, like the Elks.”

And there is that passion for the Red Sox, said son Jeff. Lavin was alive when the Red Sox won the World Series in 1915, 1916 and 1918, then survived one of the longest dry spells in sports history to watch his favorite baseball team outlive the “Curse of the Bambino” and win again in 2004 and 2007.

But, above all, there’s his love for family that’s kept him going.

“Family was always No. 1 with my father,” Lewis said, as her father nodded. “Having us all together was his priority. And he’s always had a wonderful, positive attitude.”

Lavin still has a good memory for a great story and a wit quick enough to impress.

“Mr. Lavin, I hope I look as good as you when I’m 100 years old,” Selectman Ed Hess told him.

“I hope you live that long,” Lavin responded.

The Boston Post Cane A tradition begun by the Boston Post in 1909 as a promotion by former owner Edwin Grozier, the paper the newspaper gave out hundreds of ornate cans to municipal officials, intended as a tribute to be given to the oldest person in each community. For more than 100 years now, Seabrook's Board of Selectmen have been honoring the town's elders in this way.

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