Arthur Dyck lets go of the bowling ball, sending it spinning down the lane toward the rows of gleaming white bowling pins. It’s a bittersweet day for the 94-year-old bowler, who is warming up for his final round of league bowling.


Arthur Dyck lets go of the bowling ball, sending it spinning down the lane toward the rows of gleaming white bowling pins. It’s a bittersweet day for the 94-year-old bowler, who is warming up for his final round of league bowling.
Dyck has been bowling for more than 50 years, and his family and friends hosted a retirement celebration for him Wednesday at Eastgate Lanes in Newton to honor his years of participation in the sport.
Bowling has been a lifelong passion for Dyck, his wife Margaret said.
“He always looks forward to going bowling,” she said.
The celebration Wednesday included a cake decorated with bowling pins and bowling balls, and friends also autographed a bowling pin as a keepsake for Dyck.
Ron Benton, Dyck’s son-in-law, said Dyck has been participating in league bowling every Wednesday. Benton typically accompanies him and helps him get set up to bowl.
Dyck, a retired farmer, got his start bowling in Peabody and continued after he moved to Newton. Even a farming accident that injured one of his fingers didn’t stop him from competing.
“I like competition,” Dyck said.
His high score is about 232, and he finished the league Wednesday with an average of 137.
Although Dyck is retiring from league bowling, he plans to continue bowling for fun.
Benton said the whole family enjoys bowling, although Dyck definitely is the one to beat.
“The grandkids try to keep up with him,” Benton said with a laugh.