Quincy – Sitting at the kitchen table, Lou Malvesty looked more like a man in his early 80s than someone who had just turned 99.
His sleeveless shirt revealed arm muscles that doctor Alan Berwick once called “cannons.” Malvesti does strength training daily to keep his arms in shape and uses a walker because of his balance instability, but he is energetic and ready for what the day brings. increase.
“He doesn’t think he’s old. I think that’s his secret,” said his daughter Janice, who lives with him. “He wakes up every morning with a fresh outlook.”
“I’m feeling grand,” Malvesti said, sitting upright in his chair, engaging in conversation, and quickly began singing.
Every morning he makes his own breakfast of oatmeal with blueberries and bananas. He has lived this long because “I never drank or smoked. And I always had a good breakfast in the morning. And I played golf all my life,” he said. . He was a member of his Halifax country club for his 52 years, and in 1971 the club he became champion.
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Malvesti is 89 years old and has survived a fall from a ladder, a heart attack and a triple bypass. His only medication is for type 2 diabetes, to control blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Last Friday, Malvesti celebrated his 99th birthday. It was better than he imagined.
Quincy firefighters and police officers, Mayor Thomas Koch, and the Quincy Veterans Services Office held a drive-by parade at his home on Center Street in West Quincy. They were there to celebrate his birthday, Quincy’s 40 years as a firefighter, and his service in the United States Navy during World War II.
“Lou is just a great guy, he’s the oldest retiree in the fire department and a decorated World War II veteran,” Fire Lieutenant Sean Darcy, who arranged the event, later said “When I found out he was 99, I was so honored to be able to do this kind of work for him. Knowing everything, always smiling, nimble, shaking hands.”
Once Darcy had the idea, he said it only took a few phone calls to put the parade together.
“We will never forget ourselves,” he said of the fire station. “We are a big family and we care about each other. The Malvesty family is famous for Quincy.”
By 10 a.m. Friday, more than 50 family members and neighbors had gathered in front of the house, and Malvesti was sitting on the sidewalk. He wore a blue shirt and a white fire department cap. When people came up to him, he shook hands and hugged them.
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With sirens blaring and lights flashing, two motorcycle officers from the Quincy Police Special Services Unit parade four fire trucks (two engines, one ladder, and a large rescue truck) and five cars led the way. The parade began at Home His Depot His Store near Quincy Adams T Station less than a mile away.
When the parade procession reached Malvesti, several people got out of their cars and trucks to greet him. Firefighter Steve Sweet played the bagpipes.
Mayor Thomas Koch, Fire Chief Joseph Jackson, Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Burchill and Darcy were in the first two cars, followed by three Quincy Veterans Services cars. More than 20 firefighters participated, some of them on their days off.
Koch led the singing of “Happy Birthday” and proclaimed August 26, 2022 as Louis Malvesti Day.
The mayor said, “Happy birthday and thank you for your service to our country and historic city.
Quincy Veterans Services director Christine Cugini presented Malvestie with a plaque and Sailor’s Creed from Quincy’s American Legion Post 95.
“I can’t believe it,” Mulvesty told his family. “This is great…and all these people have come, all the nieces and nephews, all the neighbors.”
Malvesti lives 800 meters (0.5 miles) away from where he grew up.
His parents, Antonio and Anna Malvesti, raised a family of 10 children (6 boys and 4 girls) at 192 Common Street. His father worked for the city’s water department. It was a tough time, so my family would gather around a player piano and sing along for entertainment. His mother used to sing in Italian while cooking.
“During the Great Depression, my mother fed a lot of people, but we didn’t eat anything,” he said emotionally. I fed them, and one of the girls came up to me and said, ‘Louis, your mother is an angel on earth.'”
His memories of the Italian-Irish-Finnish district of West Quincy 90 years ago include delivering a Patriot Ledger with 120 documents in a wheelbarrow.
Malvesti is the only survivor of ten children. Two of his brothers also lived into his 90s, as did his two sisters, one of whom he turned almost 100 years old.
Three brothers, Joseph, Nicholas, and Anthony, were also Quincy firefighters, and another brother, John, was a Quincy police sergeant. His four sisters were Mary, Susan, Rose and Amelia.
Darcy works at Engine 5’s West Quincy Fire Station with Mulvesty’s nephew, Tommy Mulvesty, a firefighter from South Easton. Another great nephew of his, John Malvesty of Hull, is a North Quincy Ladder 5 firefighter.
The West Quincy Fire Station was dedicated to the Malvestie family in 1989.
Malvesti recalls enlisting in the Navy at age 18 and serving in the Navy Construction Battalion, the Seabees, from 1942-1945. He was assigned to the Aleutian Islands campaign in Alaska and then served in Okinawa.
「私は消防署が大好きでした」と彼は言いました。 「私は一緒に働いていた男性を愛していました。すべての消防士は消防署を第 2 の家と見なしていました。そして私たちには素晴らしい料理人、素晴らしい料理人、素晴らしいギャングがいました!」
1951 年 9 月、彼は家族がクインシーでイタリアン マーケットを所有していたジョセフィン バローネと結婚し、1960 年に家族の家からそう遠くないセンター ストリートに引っ越しました。 彼らには、ルイス・ジュニアとジャニスの2人の子供がいました。 Josephine は 2006 年に亡くなりました。Malvesti には、2 人の孫娘、Kerry と Jenna、および 2 人のひ孫娘、Elisia と Emma もいます。
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