Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Lifetimes

At 107, hard work, loving family and lots of milk are retired milkman’s keys to long life

HUDSON — The oldest resident at Atria Windsor Woods just happens to be one of its newest arrivals.

When he was 104, Lloyd Klement still drove his car and exercised at local gyms. And until just a few weeks ago, he still lived in his Port Richey home.

Now, Klement resides at the Hudson assisted living facility, where, on Nov. 16, he celebrated his 107th birthday.

"I’m getting to be a good candle blower," Klement said with a smile, hovering above a cake that, while not adorned with 107 candles, still bore a message wishing him, "Happy 107th birthday."

The New Jersey native, a retired milkman, credits his former profession and the product he delivered door to door as keys to his longevity.

"I drank lots of milk," he said. "And I exercised as I worked. While delivering the milk, I walked for 15 minutes, then drove for 15 minutes. Working hard is the best way to exercise."

A good family life, Klement found, has been essential to a long and happy life.

"I was married for 67 years to the same woman," he said.

Klement and wife Trudy, who died 13 years ago, raised two children together, Barbara and Don.

"He’s always been a positive person," said Barbara Skudder, Klement’s daughter. "I sure am proud of him."

Skudder was one of Klement’s guests at his 107th birthday party. Another was Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano.

"Lloyd is an amazing person," said Fasano. "A man from the greatest generation who made this country great."

And according to Valerie Christianson, Engage Life Director of Atria Windsor Woods, Klement is a great resident.

"He’s very clear of mind and independent," said Christianson. "Everybody loves him."

Klement bides his time at his new home in the company of friends — one of whom is 105. He and his guests were serenaded at his party by Tim "the Tune Man" McGuigan, who sang songs of yesteryear that included And the Band Played On, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Babyface.

Klement remembered all those songs, and also recalled a time in his youth when people got around with horses and wagons instead of cars.

And after 107 years of living, he shows no signs of slowing down.

"When he was 95, I told him he’d live to 102," said Skudder. "Then I had to revise it to 105. Now I’ll have to revise it again, when he’ll be 110."

     
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