Can­dle Light Cove res­i­dent to cel­e­brate 100th birthday

Sunday Star - - LIFE -

— Alexan­der Brokans and his wife, Aria, im­mi­grated to the United States in 1951, one of his most spe­cial mem­o­ries, he said, dur­ing a long and re­ward­ing life for a cou­ple now liv­ing at Can­dle Light Cove se­nior liv­ing com­mu­nity.

Brokans will cel­e­brate his 100th birthday on July 19. Alexan­der and Aria, who have been mar­ried for more than 67 years, will note the mile­stone to­gether dur­ing a spe­cial cer­e­mony at 2 p.m. at Can­dle Light Cove.

Alexan­der was born on July 19, 1917, in his na­tive Latvia, where he and Aria, who is 92 years old, grew up. They met as they were de­part­ing a dis­placed per­sons camp af­ter World War II, and even­tu­ally mar­ried in Ger­many on Christ­mas Eve 1949.

To­gether, the Brokanses have two daugh­ters, Anita and Inese.

“Alexan­der lists among his fa­vorite mem­o­ries: the day he got mar­ried to Aria, their hav­ing two chil­dren and the fam­ily’s mov­ing to the United States,” said Cissy Nickel, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Can­dle Light Cove, where the cou­ple has lived since Fe­bru­ary 2016. “He tells us how he es­pe­cially loved trav­el­ing to the many beaches along the East Coast.

“Alexan­der is such an amaz­ing man. He earned his doc­tor­ate de­gree from the Univer­sity of Latvia and has re­ceived sev­eral ad­di­tional de­grees from var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties in Europe,” Nickel said.

Brokans ser ved as a sergeant in his na­tive coun­try in 1939 but did not serve in World War II, Nickel said.

Upon im­mi­grat­ing to the United States, Alexan­der worked for Ice­landic, even­tu­ally earn­ing the ti­tle of fac­tory man­ager be­fore his re­tire­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Nickel at cnickel@in­te­gracare.com or 410770-9707.

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Alexan­der Brokans and his wife, Aria, im­mi­grated to the United States in 1951. They now live at Can­dle Light Cove se­nior liv­ing com­mu­nity. Alexan­der will cel­e­brate his 100th birthday on July 19.

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