By ROBERT LACOSTA
Now in his 100th year, Delmar resident George Coffey approaches life as a fear-free zone.
While many in his shoes are fighting on multiple physical and financial fronts, George just keeps moving and reinventing himself. It’s the story of his life.
“I moved 20 times,” he says of his track record. “I sold worms at the age of 12, moved on to selling cars later and sold gas right here in Delmar as the owner of the Mobil Station next to what is now Stewart’s on Delaware Avenue.”
If it could be bottled, what George is selling now would take the world by storm.
“I’ve seen all sides of life’s story,” he says. “I’ve had a wonderful life. But when people ask me what my secret is, I tell them the honest truth: ‘Don’t worry.’ Why? Because The Bible tells us to turn everything over to The Lord. If God is going to worry for me, there’s no sense in me worrying.”
If that advice wasn’t given by a man who has collected 468-and-counting pension checks from General Electric, you might dismiss it. But George talks to a lot of seniors and pegs anxiety as one of the leading causes for their ailments.
“Now just because I tell people I’m not worried about their situation,” he says, “it doesn’t mean that I’m not concerned.”
In Part II, we will learn some of other “moving” lessons from this World War II veteran.
Robert J. LaCosta’s daily inspirational devotional can be received free of charge by writing [email protected] . To suggest seniors for this column, call 518-435-1250.