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Palm Harbor centenarian attributes long life to good genes, strong faith

George Arthur Straub celebrated his 100th birthday at a party with live entertainment April 5 at Stratford Court Assisted Living Facility, Palm Harbor, where he's been a resident for three years.

He was born on April 4, 1910, in West Hoboken, N.J., to Adolph and Anna Straub and raised in Rutherford, N.J.

Straub has been described as an entrepreneur with a good grasp of politics and money. He owned and managed a home decorating and contracting business in New Jersey, from which he retired young, and also invested in private and commercial real estate in New Hampshire, New Jersey and Florida.

He came here at age 62 and purchased property on Alt. U.S. 19 when it was still a two-lane road lined with citrus groves. While the property appreciated, fruit from the groves was sold to a processing plant in Largo. He also grew and sold strawberries as a hobby. Over time, the road was widened and a mall now sits on Straub's former property.

Raised with a great respect for nature and the environment, he loved to fish and hunt.

He had a pet ram that followed him around like a dog when he went hunting on his property in the woods of New Hampshire. His home was built in 1773 and is on the town's historic register.

He's traveled around the world twice and amassed thousands of cruise miles.

Straub married his high school sweetheart, Edna, and the couple spent more than 50 years together before her death. They had four children; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He remarried in his later years and was again widowed.

The centenarian attributes his longevity to strong genes and good Christian living.

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To celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary, Bob and Janet Jones of Clearwater took a cruise on the Star Princess in the eastern Caribbean the week of April 10-17.

They married April 15, 1950, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He worked for the New York Telephone Co. in major account sales and retired from the airline industry in New York City.

She was employed in the bookkeeping departments of Bloomingdale's and Martin's department stores.

They came here in September 1989 from Long Island, N.Y.

For nearly two decades, while both worked up North, the couple took winter vacations working as bridge and backgammon lecturers on various cruise lines sailing from New York City, Florida, Puerto Rico and British Columbia.

Locally, they're members and past presidents of the Clearwater Duplicate Bridge Club, and are the only husband and wife to separately hold the title of president in more than 30 years. Both are ACBL Silver Life Masters.

They are members of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater and have three children and five grandchildren.

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John and Selma Pringle of Tarpon Springs celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an April 4 reception at Clearwater's Skycrest Baptist Church and a cruise later in the month.

They married April 24, 1960, in Live Oak.

They came to the area within a year of one another; he in 1959 from Jacksonville, and she a year earlier from Live Oak.

He was a lab employee at the General Electric Pinellas Peninsula Plant. She worked as a medical technologist and as a teacher at the Wilhelm School.

They are members of Skycrest Baptist Church, where Mrs. Pringle teaches a Bible study class.

He is a life member of the American Radio Relay League.

She is a member of Sigma Tau Chapter, Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Sorority, enjoys sewing, and working on service projects.

They have three children and four grandchildren.

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Senior Megan Orr has been named March's State Farm Student of the Month and junior Jared Gonzalez is Student-Athlete of the Month at Clearwater Central Catholic.

Megan is an honor student with a 4.2 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. In addition to being a member of the Student Council, Megan is captain of the varsity cheerleading team. She will attend the University of Florida to study political science.

Jared is an honor student in the International Baccalaureate program with a 4.6 GPA. He is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. Jared is also a member of the CCC football, track and weightlifting teams. He plans to study law at Harvard University.

The awards, sponsored by the school and CCC alumnus Katherine Jones, of the Katherine Jones Insurance Agency, go to students who demonstrate leadership, dedication and hard work in the classroom, on the playing field, in extracurricular activities, and in the community.

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Palm Harbor centenarian attributes long life to good genes, strong faith 04/27/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 6:09pm]
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