Thompson, 102, receives Boston Post Cane in Hollis

HOLLIS – Fred Townsend, 102, moved to Hollis three years ago to be with his daughter, Barbara. On Aug. 11, he received the Boston Post Cane for being the oldest resident in town.

The presentation was made at The Courville in Nashua, where he was in temporary rehab after a fall.

Townsend was born in New Haven, Conn., in 1912. He attended Lehigh University, the second in five generations of Townsends to do so.

He lived in the New Haven area until age 99, when he moved to Hollis to be with Barbara, a former town tax collector.

His 47-year professional life as a banker was with the New Haven Savings Bank.

Townsend’s free time was spent working in his yard, building stone walls and a wildlife trail through his property, with the emphasis on natural landscaping.

In the winter, he was an avid stamp collector who soaked, sorted and packaged stamps to sell at cost to children through Junior Scholastic magazine in an effort to interest them in stamp collecting as a hobby.

He also was an avid – and accomplished – bridge player with master points.

Townsend’s wife, Doris, died in 2001 after 67 years of marriage. After living alone for 10 years, Townsend moved to Hollis. They can often be found at Market Place Diner at 6 a.m. for breakfast.

Townsend said he is honored to accept the Boston Post Cane.