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Allentown man celebrates 103rd birthday

By Katie Shank, Senior Producer, KShank@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 06 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 07 2013 05:41:11 PM CST

A Lehigh Valley resident has 103 reasons to celebrate.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

A Lehigh Valley resident has 103 reasons to celebrate.

A birthday party was held Thursday afternoon at Liberty Nursing and Rehab in Allentown for resident John Matthews. He turned 103-years-old.

Matthews' family said he's had a very full life. He's a World World II veteran, a Mason and a long-time civil rights activist.

Matthews spent much of his life in New York City, where he owned a business and a community center.

Matthews credits his long life to working with children.