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March 5, 2013

A graduate at age 106

Beverly's oldest resident receives honorary diploma

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“We just thought it was time,” granddaughter Beth Calabro said. “Let’s do it now before it’s too late.”

Family members described Butler as humble, hardworking and honest. As a seventh- and eighth-grader, he would work at the print shop in the morning and go to school in the afternoon. Guy Calabro, his son-in-law, said Butler dug underground trenches with a shovel in the days before the water department had more advanced equipment.

Beth Calabro recalled the day when Butler cashed his paycheck and realized the teller had given him too much money. He went back into the bank to return the money, prompting the stunned teller to give him a box of chocolates.

“He’s a man of faith,” Beth Calabro said. “He prayed on his knees until he was no longer able to do so.”

Congressman John Tierney, state Sen. Joan Lovely, state Rep. Jerry Parisella, Scanlon and Guanci all presented Butler with resolutions. Scanlon declared it “Frederick J. Butler Day.”

“It’s a long time to wait for your diploma,” Scanlon said, “but you’ve obviously earned it very well.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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