RUMFORD – Albert Girouard celebrated his 100th birthday on Nov. 3 at a party at Rumford Community Home, where he resides.

Girouard is “as sharp as a tack,” said Activities Director Anne Leonard. He regularly walks and reads the newspaper every morning.

An avid Red Sox fan since Babe Ruth days, Girouard received a gift collection from the team, including dirt from Fenway Park and autographed photos of several players. Legislative sentiments marking the occasion were read by Rep. John Patrick. Sen. Bruce Bryant read a congratulatory letter from Gov. John Baldacci, and Reggie Arsenault read a tribute from Congressman Michael Michaud.

Roxbury Town Clerk Tina Howard presented Girouard with a certificate from the town honoring its oldest citizen.

Self-employed all his life as a woodcutter, Girouard also built houses and camps and did house repairs.

He never smoked or drank, but Girouard does have a soft spot for sweets, which was apparent when he tackled the large cake bearing his photograph.

Girouard has a sister, Yvonnie Duguay, 101, and five nephews and nieces. His other three sisters and a brother are deceased.

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