When Alfred Farina of Fairfield was born, Boston was home to a brand-new baseball stadium, Fenway Park, and a loaf of bread cost a nickel.

Born May 23, 1912 in Yatesboro, Pa., Farina recently celebrated his 100th birthday with friends and relatives at a party at Fairfield's Cambridge Manor hosted by his daughter, Elizabeth Farina of Fairfield.

When asked what the key to his longevity is, Elizabeth Farina said: "He kept saying he was going to live to 100 and he did it."

The second of 10 children, Farina, who usually goes by the name of Fred, moved to Fairfield in the 1920s, where he owned and operated Farina's Texaco Service Station on Tunxis Hill for 40 years until the mid-1980s. The business stood across from McKinley Elementary School where an Expressway Drive-Thru Lube Center now operates, his daughter said.

He and Dorothy Porchaska Farina raised Elizabeth, their only child, in a house they built in 1951 on Pansy Road.

He was married to Dorothy for 41 years before she died in 1991.

Farina moved to Trumbull's Middlebrook Gardens in 2003 before relocating to Cambridge Manor four years ago, said Elizabeth, who lives in the home on Pansy Road.

Now, Farina, who used to visit the casino, spends his time watching TV and playing bingo.