EAST HANOVER - While most men lucky enough to live to be 100 years old are living a leisurely life, Hy Goldman says working is what keeps him young.

Having a passion and purpose keeps the 101-year-old going strong. "It gives me a reason to get up in the morning and go," he says.

Goldman works four days a week at Capitol Lighting in East Hanover. He is an institution at the company, where he's been employed for 73 years.

"He was very devoted to his wife, who was a wonderful lady who also worked for us," says co-owner Max Lebersfeld. "She passed away, but he came back from that."

Goldman was a longtime store manager but in more recent years, he is content in his workshop. He repairs and reconstructs fixtures. "Each one is a challenge and that's it," he says. "Each one gives you something that the last one didn't."

Goldman says he plans to keep putting body, mind and heart into the job.