In photo: Joe Curcio of Glenville sits behind a giant cake and celebrates his 100th birthday with family members at Johnny’s restaurant in Schenectady Thursday night. Seated from left are grandsons Michael and Jason Curcio (sitting with Joe). Standing from left are granddaughter Sheri Tyrell, son Gary Curcio Sr., daughter-in-law Charlene Curcio, granddaughter Kimberly Rafiq and grandson Gary Curcio Jr.
Joe Curcio celebrated in style Thursday night.
The Glenville resident observed his 100 years with family members at Johnny's restaurant in Schenectady. There were stories and laughs and a giant, patriotically-decorated cake. As Joe is young at heart, there were only three small candles on the dessert.
"There are no words to fit it," Curcio said of the party.
Curcio served with the Army's 69th Armored Regiment during World War II. He drove a tank and also helped the Allies' cause as a sharpshooter.
He appreciated the dinner party, which was a gift from new friend and Johnny's principal Bobby Mallozzi -- who appreciated the chance to thank a veteran and help him toast an important milestone.
The Johnny's team welcomed the Curcio family by placing three framed posters -- featuring Joe in uniform -- near the restaurant's front doors.
Curcio said a great family has been part of his great life. "You have to have a good family behind you," he said.
Glenville's Gary Curcio Jr. said his father also lived in Rotterdam during his lifetime and worked 40 years as an inspector for the General Electric Co.
The younger Curcio said his father always has been a sweet man, a hard-working guy who easily makes friends. Gary said a culinary habit may have contributed to Joe's long life.
"He loves his garlic and sardines," he said.
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