Feature: A Driver’s License to do Good

92-Year-Old Looks to Keep Non-Profit Collectible Shop Open

Author: Don Martelli
Published: June 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm
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At 92, many people would be enjoying the latter half of their lives, playing shuffleboard, going on vacations and of course family.

Irving Silverman, a 92-year-old Tremont, Maine, is one of those elder statesmen, with a twist.

Silverman runs a store called Nancy Neale’s Collectible Shop, which sells antiques and collectibles and is named for his late wife. The shop has always been a non-profit shop, Silverman told FenceViewer.com.

One of the ways Mr. Silverman has raised money for his causes is by running the shop which is located on the first floor of a lighthouse-like building he owns on the western shore of Bass Harbor.

Silverman, who has been a summer resident of the village of Bernard for close to 50 years, said his desire to live that long is not a matter of ego. Instead, he wants to continue his philanthropic ways as long as possible.

"I want to live to be 120. If I live longer, I’ll be able to do more,” he said in the interview.

Silverman said that he’s been making donations to nonprofit agencies and healthcare facilities for about 40 years. Proceeds from the operation are divided between 30 charitable organizations in Maine. However, now that he's in his 90s, it might be time to give it up, or as he puts it, pass it on to someone else.

Silverman would like to sell the business to an aspiring entrepreneur or someone who might be willing to continue his mission of giving back to the community.

“It’s a wrenching decision to give up the shop,” he told the news outlet. “I certainly don’t intend to make myself rich. I’m looking for someone who has the vision and willingness to take this in its entirety.”

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Known on the social web as “BigGuyD,” Don Martelli is just a dad, moonlighting as a digital marketer, photog and civilian journalist. He's the executive editor for Technorati. Connect with him at www.donmartelli.com.

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