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Trumbull assisted living facility resident turns 101

December 19, 2018

Bill Felsher turned 101 surrounded by friends and family at Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull, an assisted living facility for seniors.

“You would never guess that he is over 100 years old. He is as sharp as a tack,” said Becky Elmo, programming director for Middlebrook Farms at Trumbull.

He was born on Nov. 23, 1917, and grew up in Jenkintown, Pa. He went on to graduate Drexel College in Philadelphia, though he said he wasn’t sure what year he graduated.

After college, Felsher was a contractor for the government, working for the civil service training. He spend a year and a half working on a fighter control system in Puerto Rico.

Once he left Puerto Rico, he said he was drafted into the U.S. Navy, where he said he was in charge of the electronic equipment on a base in New York.

He also worked on a team of engineers for Jerrold Electronics. During him time with the business, Felsher became one of the pioneers of cable television, helping invent the cable converter.

Felsher holds several toy patents. He said he was always looking for ways to make things better and more fun for children. He ended up inventing magnetic target games, magnetically-activated controls for toys and heartbeats for dolls.

Him and his wife were married for 72 years. She died two years ago. Felsher has two daughters, one living in Paris and the other in Westport; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One grandson lives in San Francisco and the other granddaughter and great-grandchildren live in Paris.

Felsher goes to all of the facility’s exercise groups and takes walks after every meal. He said his daughter who lives in Westport visits him often and he loves to be with his family.

“He enjoys talking and visiting with other residents and has made a seamless transition to our community,” Elmo said. “He is cheerful and outgoing and is like a ray of sun on a gloomy day.”