WW II Vet Celebrates 103rd Birthday With Bash At South Fayette Retirement Community

It’s not every day you turn 103, and one South Fayette World War II veteran says when you lead a good life, good things are sure to come; KDKA's Meghan Schiller reports.

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GUTHRIE TABONI: I still would like to live another 10 years. I would like to live another 10 and see what develops in this world.

- Talk about some zest for life. It is not every day you turn 103, and one South Fayette World War II veteran says when you lead a good life, good things are sure to come.

[BAGPIPES PLAYING]

With bagpipes and balloons, Guthrie "Getto" Taboni completes his 130rd trip around the sun.

- (SINGING) Happy birthday to you.

- But he's not surprised.

GUTHRIE TABONI: I live a clean life. I don't drink. I drink moderately maybe.

- And his signature red punch, nonalcoholic, of course. Getto's happy to spend his birthday and golden years here at the Chartiers Bend Retirement Community.

GUTHRIE TABONI: It's an honor. It's an honor. How many people do it? They don't.

- This year's been tough on so many people, especially Getto.

GUTHRIE TABONI: I was happily married. My wife just died six months ago, and I love her. And I think of the best things of life.

- [? Like ?] his better half, Viola, his wife of 53 years, celebrates this milestone in [? spirit. ?]

GUTHRIE TABONI: I loved her. I always will. And I'll never remarry. Of course, at my age, who would want me?

- Woo hoo!

- Clearly an awful lot of people think Getto's great. They lined the halls for him, bringing cake, presents, and an engraved pocket watch.

GUTHRIE TABONI: Thank you.

- A whole lot of fuss for a not-so-fussy guy.

- (SINGING) Happy birthday to you.

GUTHRIE TABONI: I enjoy my life, and I enjoy it the way it is.

- Local politicians showed up at Getto's party too, including state Senator Camera Bartolotta, who read an official birthday proclamation, stopping by on her way to Harrisburg. Happy birthday, Getto, and we will see you in 10 years like you asked.