Fil, 100, honored with Boston Post Gold Cane in Hadley

  • Stanley Fil receives the Boston Post Gold Cane pin, in recognition of being Hadley’s oldest resident, from Town Administrator Carolyn Brennan on Friday. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • Stanley Fil with his sister, Amelia Matuszko, Friday. SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • Stanley Fil holding the Boston Post gold cane and a certificate from Gov. Charlie Baker, Friday, May 27, 2022. —Submitted Photo

Staff Writer
Monday, June 06, 2022

HADLEY — On the cusp of his 101st birthday next month, Stanley Fil was honored with the Boston Post Gold Cane as Hadley’s oldest resident during a Friday afternoon ceremony.

“I thank you for this recognition,” Fil said to family, friends and senior citizens gathered in the dining room at the Hadley Senior Center for a monthly birthday recognition. “I wish I could get an award for being the youngest person in town.”

The presentation came less than a year after Fil was recognized upon turning 100. He was joined by four of his five children, with the fifth expected to arrive later, and his sister Amelia Matuszko.

The U.S. Army veteran of World War II was in good spirits as Town Administrator Carolyn Brennan outlined the history of the gold cane that began in 1909 as a promotion for the Boston Post newspaper. She attached a replica pin to Fil’s lapel and allowed him to hold the original cane, though that is otherwise kept at the center so it is not lost.

Senior Center Director Hayley Wood gave a synopsis of Fil’s life, mentioning his late wife, Anna Osciak, and his being a 1941 graduate of Hopkins Academy.

Like she did last year, musician Sara Snyder performed “Sto lat,” the Polish happy birthday song that, translated into English, means “100 years, 100 years, may they live!”

Fil succeeds Veronica “Blondie” McQueston, who earned the designation in 2018 after she turned 100. McQueston died in January.

With a grand centennial celebration last year at the Senior Center and the Young Men’s Club, Fil joked about the gatherings becoming annual.

But Fil said he now has his eyes on returning in 2026, a year that would mark another milestone birthday.

“I’d like to live to 105,” Fil said. “What are my chances I’ll be here?”