On Friday, May 31, Atria Rye Brook resident Angelo DeCaro celebrated his 104th birthday at the assisted living facility with family and friends. Mayor Paul Rosenberg dropped by to wish him a happy birthday.
Angelo was born on May 31, 1915, but his birth record states that he worn born on June 1 due to a mistake made by the midwife. He was born and raised in New York City until he later moved to Jersey to start a family. He married his wife Mildred in 1941 and they had a son Charles. He began his career as a supervisor for the General Post Office in Manhattan but placed it on hold during World War II. He enlisted and became a Sergeant of the 8th Air Force during World War II.
Angelo has been active throughout his life and continues to be. On Apr. 25, 2017, he set a Concept 2 World & National Record for the indoor Concept 2 men’s lightweight 100-meter race for those over 100.
“There is no age limit to making great accomplishments, and he is definitely proof of that,” said Stephanie Hart, Engage Life director at Atria. “Angelo was 101 years old at the time, just about a month before his 102nd birthday.”
“My secret to longevity is to live your life every day,” said DeCaro. “I spent much of my life traveling the world with my wife and son and I wouldn’t change a thing. Great experiences such as that keep me going and looking forward to each and every day. I have truly enjoyed my life.”
Currently, Angelo enjoys music, crossword puzzles and a good poker game among friends.