Melvindale man celebrates century mark Saturday

Photo by Sue Suchyta Paul Colosimo of Melvindale, who will celebrate his 100th birthday Oct. 21, still troubleshoots equipment as the owner and operator of Paul's Radio and Television Repair Shop, 18573 Allen Road in Melvindale.

Photo by Sue Suchyta
Paul Colosimo of Melvindale, who will celebrate his 100th birthday Oct. 21, still troubleshoots equipment as the owner and operator of Paul’s Radio and Television Repair Shop, 18573 Allen Road in Melvindale.

 

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE – Local businessman and vintage radio repairman Paul Colosimo will celebrate a century Oct. 21, with a dinner Sunday afternoon at Roman Village Cucina Italiana in Dearborn with family.

Mayor Stacy Bazman announced Colosimo’s upcoming 100th birthday at the Oct. 18 city council meeting. Colosimo is currently in a health care facility recovering from a stroke, but is reportedly looking forward to a celebration this weekend with his family.

He is the owner of Paul’s Radio and Television Service, 18573 Allen Road, in Melvindale, specializing in repairing antique radios and vintage radios in classic cars.

“We opened up Jan. 3, 1954. Built it in ’53,” Colosimo said when he turned 99 last year. “Been there ever since. It’s been a couple years.”

A World War II veteran, he served on the Naval Command Ship USS Adirondack (AGC-15), a floating command post with advanced communications equipment.

Colosimo, a member of St. Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church, 1624 Wood St., Melvindale, is the congregation’s longest serving active parishioner.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)