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Oscar Epstein, Mass.’s oldest employee, keeps on working

The son of an immigrant tailor, Oscar Epstein grew up in the old West End, peddling ­papers with Melvin Nimoy, whose kid brother would become Spock. He served in World War II, studied engineering on the GI Bill, and helped design Route 128, that symbol of postwar prosperity and suburbanization.

Now 89, he reads the newspaper The Forward in Yiddish, nurtures a bunny named Horatio, and cut his own lawn until last summer, using a push mower. All this would be notable enough if ­Epstein were playing shuffleboard in Boca. But he’s not much for Florida, and he never retired.

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