Naples man Harold Schaller turns 106 Wednesday

Reporter: Lauren Leslie Writer: Paul Dolan
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Harold Schaller celebrates his 106th birthday. (CREDIT: WINK News)

In 1916, bread cost around seven cents per loaf, the light switch was invented and a man who calls Naples home was born on Sept. 7.

106-year-old Harold Schaller gave a pretty straightforward answer to a frequent question: What’s the secret to a long life?

“Don’t die,” Schaller said.

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Harold Schaller happily celebrated his birthday. (CREDIT: WINK News)

When advising on what he thinks young people should do, he let his experience talk for him.

“Don’t get old,” Schaller said.

While very young at heart, Harold has seen a lot in just one lifetime.

“During World War II, I was in the service,” Schaller said.

Born into the Greatest Generation, Schaller is a religious man and says the older he gets, the closer he is to God.

With 106 years of experience on his side, Schaller has grown and developed a lifetime of wisdom. Schaller says what’s most important is family, and to him, that’s his wife and kids.

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Harold Schaller’s birthday cake celebrating 106 years. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Who doesn’t want to be happily married? When asked the secret to a happy marriage, Schaller let WINK News know it’s simple.

“Don’t argue,” said Schaller.

WINK News was told Schaller ate a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs, his favorite meal, for his birthday on Wednesday.

Schaller said he’s hopeful he’ll turn 107 in 2023, and, with his appetite for life, who could doubt him?

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