James Lisa of Fresh Meadows turned 102 Aug. 25, and was celebrated by state Sen. John Liu Sept. 3, the start of Senior Month, for his years of service.
Lisa was born in 1919 in Corona. He was drafted in 1942 to fight in World War II, and sent overseas to the Pacific Theater, New Guinea in particular. He earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and was discharged in 1946.
After returning home, Lisa served in the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier and later as director of customer service for 30 years. After retiring, he worked for H&R Block and Tetron Carls Tax Group preparing taxes, and later opened his own business preparing taxes and provided services for over 100 clients. To this day, he still prepares taxes for a select few.
In 1950, Lisa wed the love of his life, Amelia, and they were married for over 65 years until her passing. He has three daughters, Annmarie Kern, Inez Regan and Janet Lisa, and five grandchildren.