BEVERLY (CBS) – Mayor Bill Scanlon declared Monday Fred Butler Day in Beverly.

The city’s oldest resident, 106-year-old Fred Butler, finally received his high school diploma in the Beverly High School library.

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

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106-year-old Fred Butler with family after receiving his high school diploma Monday. (Credit: WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens)

106-year-old Fred Butler with family after receiving his high school diploma Monday. (Credit: WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens)

“I thank everyone responsible for this, I certainly appreciate it,” Butler told a large crowd gathered for the ceremony.

Butler dropped out of school after eighth grade to work in order to help his mother pay the bills.

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“He’s a kind and gentle soul,” his niece Helen told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens. “He took care of his siblings and helped his mom as a young man. He’s always been there for everyone in the family.”