Frank Pugliano Sr. of Washington Township doesn’t let the grass develop underneath his toes.
The brand new centenarian stays virtually completely self-sufficient, together with dealing with his weekly lawn-mowing duties on his personal.
“I’ve to trim too,” Pugliano mentioned.
Pugliano, a World Struggle II veteran, celebrated his one centesimal birthday with a big, picnic-style get together at Boyce Park on Sunday. His birthday was Monday.
“I beloved seeing my family and friends,” Pugliano mentioned of Sunday’s get together.
Pugliano immigrated from Italy to America when he was 6 and went on to graduate from Penn Hills Excessive Faculty in 1942.
It was in highschool the place he met the love of his life, Mary Strough. They had been married for 65 years and raised two youngsters collectively.
“She was my angel,” Pugliano mentioned of his spouse, who died in 2011.
Throughout World Struggle II, Pugliano enlisted within the Military and served for 3 years within the Pacific theater. He survived a torpedo assault by the Japanese on his convoy mission to Luzon within the Philippines, and mentioned he watched as a variety of younger males misplaced their lives that day.
Pugliano’s signature accent is a World Struggle II veteran’s hat.
“He wears that hat in all places,” mentioned Frank’s son, Frank Pugliano Jr.
Frank Pugliano Jr. traveled from Colorado to have a good time the birthday festivities.
“His well being is outstanding and he doesn’t look his age. His mind set, every little thing … it’s completely unbelievable,” Pugliano Jr. mentioned.
The elder Pugliano mentioned his different angel is Maggie, his 15-year-old pet canine.
“I’ve had her since she was a child. That’s my little angel,” he mentioned, holding Maggie on his lap in his house Monday.
Pugliano labored as a diesel mechanic, specializing in heavy tools.
He performs 4 devices: the organ, harmonica, electrical guitar and saxophone.
He mentioned his life-style consists of “good Italian genes” and staying energetic.
“The physician informed me, ‘No matter you’re doing, do it,’ ” Pugliano mentioned of his wonderful well being aside from dangerous knees.
“I preserve busy. I reduce my very own grass. My food regimen is no matter I need to eat, I eat,” he mentioned.
Pugliano mentioned his favourite dishes embrace three eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast and occasional at Kings Household Restaurant and pasta fagioli at his favourite restaurant, The Olive Backyard.
Pugliano makes use of an iPad, has a Fb account and is tech-savvy.
“That’s how I communicate with my kin,” Pugliano mentioned.
He was employed for 15 years at Excessive View Acres up till the age of 98, sustaining the clubhouse on the 55-and-over residential group.
Neighbor and longtime good friend Denise Molnar checks on Pugliano day by day and stunned him on his birthday by adorning his entrance yard with a one centesimal birthday signal and quite a few American flags.
“She’s among the best buddies I ever had,” Pugliano mentioned of Molnar.