Local man marks 100th birthday with motorcycle ride

Emily Yinger
York Dispatch
  • James Lowe, of York, turned 100 years old on June 17, 2016.
  • Lowe took a motorcycle ride provided by the American Legion Bike Riders as part of his celebration.

How does it feel to be 100 years old? James Lowe, who hit the century mark Friday, says it doesn’t feel any different.

To kick off his celebratory day, Lowe was scheduled to fulfill one of his bucket list goals by taking a motorcycle ride provided by the American Legion Riders. The bike ride reflected old times when Lowe used to drive his 1935 Harley-Davidson.

James Lowe celebrates his 100th birthday with friends and family at Senior Life in Springettsbury Township, Thursday, June 16, 2016.
John A. Pavoncello photo

Lowe is the father of 11 children and celebrated his 76th wedding anniversary last September with his wife Margaret, who died in January at the age of 97.

Despite his age, he remains active by partaking in activities such as adult coloring, ball toss, bingo and listening to music at Senior Life and the local senior center. He lives with his daughter Elizabeth Enterline, in Windsor Township, and spends his time at home watching western films on TV and playing with his dog, Cookie.

One of Lowe’s three birthday parties, Thursday's celebration at Senior Life in Springettsbury Township, was attended by several of his surviving children, who shared stories about their father and childhood. Enterline recalled her favorite story about Lowe taking his wife on a date to a peach orchard and stealing kisses instead of peaches.

Lowe’s children spoke of how their father worked three jobs and spent a great deal of time earning money to support their family. Their favorite family vacation was spent driving to Reno, Nevada, in the 1950s, sleeping in tents on the way to their destination. They also are fond of their memories of going to outdoor movies with their father and eating the baked goods he brought home from his job at the bakery.

“He loves kids and would do anything for a child,” said daughter Cecilia Riner.

Lowe attributes the longevity of his life and marriage to love, faith and family.