100-Year-Old Resident Gives Back to the Community
STEUBEN COUNTY, NY (WENY) -- Harold Hager was born on May 17, 1917.
During his life, Harold served in the navy during World War II.
Afterward, he spent the next 37 years working at Corning Glass Works.
During the flood of '72, Harold helped deliver food to those in need.
But for him there's one memory that sticks out.
"My wedding to my lovely wife, Anna, in 1939, said one-hundred-year-old Harold Hager. "August the sixth. We were together for 71 years and one month almost to the hour."
When Anna got sick, Harold was with her through it all.
"When my mother had to actually go to the home in 2007," said Hager's son, John Hager. "My father, everyday during visiting hours, during the week and through the weekends, seven days a week, he went at eleven o'clock in the morning and stayed with my mother until eight o'clock at night."
He visited Anna everyday until she passed away in 2010.
After her passing, he couldn't just sit around..
He joined RSVP, which helps retired senior citizens volunteer for local organizations.
The organization teamed him up with Steuben County's Habitat for Humanity.
"Harold has been with us for a few years years now and he's the volunteer who does the most number of hours here," said Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Steuben County's Habitat for Humanity, Matthew Harmer. "He works the equivalent of about a twenty-hour work week."
There, he does everything from sorting screws to testing light fixtures.
For the second year in a row, Harold volunteered more hours than anyone in the organization.
At an RSVP event this week, Harold was honored for all of his hard work and dedication.
Even though Harold has lived a life full of accomplishments, his next goal is to reach the age of one-hundred and five.
Either way, Harold plans to spend the rest of his life just like he has spent the last one hundred years, bettering the lives of those around him.