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May 16, 2014

Former bottler nears 100th year

JOHNSTOWN — A former Johnstown resident soon will reach a milestone.

Martin Goldhaber, a 1932 graduate of Johnstown High School and past president of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. in Johnstown, will turn 100 on Thursday, and family and friends plan to celebrate.

Goldhaber’s nephew, Martin E. Goldhaber, said his uncle retired to Florida 25 years ago and now resides in an independent senior living facility in Deerfield Beach, Fla., where the party will be held.

“We’ll have about 20 people with a lunch and entertainment,” said the younger Goldhaber, who splits his time between Pittsburgh and Delray Beach, Fla.

“He comes from a family with longevity,” the nephew said. “His mother lived to over 100 and his sister, who turned 98 in March, will be at the party.”

The elder Goldhaber was born in Philadelphia and came to Johnstown as an infant.

He worked with his father in a local soft drink bottling business, Tulip Bottling Co., which grew into the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. He advanced to president of the company and ran it for many years until the business was sold.

The site is now Bottle Works arts center in Johnstown’s Cambria City section.

Goldhaber was involved in numerous Johnstown community charitable organizations in which he served as president or campaign chairman.

He also served on the board of several area companies, including as a director of Johnstown Bank and Trust.

Along with the Jacob Fend Foundation, Goldhaber gave funds to build the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center in Westmont in 1988.

“What stands out for me about my uncle is that he has a very unselfish way about him and how much he has given to community affairs,” Martin E. Goldhaber said.

The elder Goldhaber was an avid golfer, often playing at Sunnehanna Country Club in Westmont.

He finally hung up the clubs at age 96 after scoring his first hole-in-one.

His advice for a long life is to stay fit and don’t eat too much, minimize anxiety, try to look ahead and not behind, and don’t try to change people – take them as you find them.

“My uncle is as happy as he can be and has really enjoyed and lived life to the fullest,” Martin E. Goldhaber said. “He reads the newspaper on his porch every day and says hello to everyone.”

Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/KellyUrban25.

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