KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Kenmore community is celebrating long-time resident Joe Zuppelli this Memorial Day. Zuppelli tells us it feels great to turn 100. “I got the nicest family, nicest neighbors, everything is 100%. It’s a wonderful world, and I make the best of it,” he says. He celebrated his big milestone by being a part of the annual Kenmore- Tonawanda Memorial Day parade. He says, “I’m telling you I cherished every minute of that drive!” He can’t see very well, but still heard the cheers from his family, friends and neighbors loud and clear.
Zuppelli says he is blessed, because his family looks after him. But those who know him best say he has taken care of this community for many years. His Granddaughter Kim Zuppelli says, “He is what community is about, taking care of your neighbors, watching out for each other, he never has a bad word to say about anybody.” His long-time neighbor, Jim Billani says, “It’s just great being around, when you’re around people like that, you get a good feeling.”
But Zuppelli says he doesn’t want anything for his birthday. He is happy to celebrate with family and friends. He says, “That’s the nature of the game. Helping each other, loving each other, and what else can you ask for?” We asked him what he contributes to his longevity. He says, “Take things as they come, make the best of it, and don’t take things erratically. Cope with what is governed to you, and make the best of it.”
Zuppelli lives with his son and daughter-in-law on Lincoln Boulevard, the same home he has lived in for decades.