Navy vet and Melvindale native Paul Colosimo celebrates 101st birthday

Photo by Sue Suchyta Melvindale native and World War II Navy veteran Paul Colosimo (second from left) celebrates his 101st birthday Oct. 21 at Atria Kinghaven care facility in Riverview with daughters Rosemary Boyle (left) of Southgate and Marilyn Rudolph of Rochester Hills, and son Jim Colosimo of New Port Richie, Fla.

Photo by Sue Suchyta
Melvindale native and World War II Navy veteran Paul Colosimo (second from left) celebrates his 101st birthday Oct. 21 at Atria Kinghaven care facility in Riverview with daughters Rosemary Boyle (left) of Southgate and Marilyn Rudolph of Rochester Hills, and son Jim Colosimo of New Port Richie, Fla.

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW – Navy veteran Paul Colosimo celebrated his 101st birthday Oct 21 with family and friends at Atria Kinghaven care facility, where the mayor and veterans honored him.

Colosimo’s two daughters and son, a brother, and some of his eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren attended his party, along with Mayor Andrew Swift and the Wyandotte Veterans Honor Guard.

Colosimo, a longtime Melvindale resident, served in the Navy during World War II on the Naval Command Ship USS Adirondack (ACG-15), and kept the radar, sonar and radio equipment running smoothly on the floating command post.

Colosimo ran a radio and television repair shop in Melvindale from 1949 until recently, when he was no longer ability to repair vintage radios after a stroke slowed him down a year ago.

Two years ago Colosimo was honored by St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Melvindale as its longest serving active parishioner.

His progeny say his faith, positive outlook and eating a healthy Mediterranean diet all contributed to his longevity, for which he credits God.

Colosimo was married for 68 years to his wife, Kathryn, who predeceased him in 2012 when she was 89 years old.

Colosimo said he enjoyed seeing so many family members on his birthday, and said he misses working in his shop, but he is optimistic about each day.

“Things change, and you go along with it,” he said. “I’ve got God on my side, all the time.”

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

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