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Super Senior: Warren Patrick

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Warren Patrick loves to go for walks.

"When I go anywhere, I take a camera with me," Warren said.

And just like everyone, pictures remind him of who he is and where he's been.

"This was when I was a little younger, two or three years ago, standing on top of a car," he said, showing a photo.

Warren is the oldest resident of the Valley Cares Assisted Living in Townshend.

"I call my age only a number," Warren said.

Every morning while still in bed, the 102-year-old plans for what's ahead.

"I pray and exercise; that's how I start my day," he said.

He has faith, fitness and photography.

A picture is taken in a fraction of a second, but the image will last for generations. Warren has many reminders of his past.

"Made do, that's what we did," he said.

His dad ran a milk business in Springfield, Mass. And when the depression hit, they lost not only the business, but their home. The family lived in a garage. Warren slept out back on the porch.

"When it snowed-- and it did and it snowed on my blanket-- you just snuggled under the blanket and let it snow," he recalled.

After high school, Warren worked in a hardware store and went to night school; that's where he met Phyllis. He got married, worked at a factory in Connecticut and raised a family. But in 1942 tragedy struck while visiting family on a vacation.

"My son just dropped to the ground and I thought he was just playing. He wouldn't get up, so I picked him up and he died in my arms," Warren said.

Douglas was just 2 and Warren's only son. He had a defective valve that shut the blood flow off. Warren's strong faith got him through his despair. He believes everything happens for a reason.

"The man upstairs is taking care of me," Warren said.

He moved his wife and three girls to Vermont. It was a new life with fresh country air. He eventually took the job as town clerk in the town of Jamaica.

Phyllis died almost two decades ago; they were married for 60 years.

"I have never met a man of this age with his facilities, the physical abilities," said Susanne Shapiro, the director of Valley Cares.

"Another thing I do is always carry balloons with me," Warren said.

"He gives my sons balloons every time," a visitor said.

He jokes that he's full of hot air.

"You probably wouldn't believe the women that have hit on me!" Warren said.

He's one of a few men in the complex.

"Usually I'm the only one who will go out with five women. Somebody asks me, 'Who are those women?' 'My harem,'" he joked.

A portrait of a man we all strive be.

"Oh, what a wonderful life I've had," Warren said. "I won't have it any other way."

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