Op/Ed

Letter to the editor: Centenarian thankful for celebration

Thank you!
For the wonderful 100th birthday celebration that I was given by so many wonderful people and friends, beginning with a mass being said by our priest, Father Luke Austin, and his associates on Saturday afternoon.
Then Sunday morning Pat Palmer from Thornapple Farm came with a horse and coach to give me a ride, which took me back to when I was little that was my parents’ mode of travel, a horse and buggy.
I had only been home a short time from the coach ride when Dr. Malcolm arrived with his 1930 Model A Ford Sedan and he gave me and my oldest son, Paul, a ride to Middlebury, out Route 23 in Weybridge by where I grew up, to Route 17 East and back home. Thank you, Dr. Malcolm. By the time we arrived home, it was lunchtime. 
About 2 p.m. Sunday, my family had asked for a drive-by, due to the coronavirus situation. The drive-by started with New Haven Fire Department trucks and supply vehicles, the Bristol police, several local farm tractors and then between 60 and 70 cars in the parade, which lasted until nearly 4 p.m.
In the parade were the two heart doctors that gave me my health back 15 years ago, Dr. Frank Ittleman and Dr. Raabe.
At Sunday night dinner we entertained a dinner with 30-35 friends and relatives. 
I thank everyone who sent me such wonderful cards, and so many kind words, many phone calls from relatives, people who I had worked with and last but not least, my wonderful family, who arranged these two days of celebration. What a wonderful way to become a centenarian. A big thank you also to Mr. John Flowers, it was an enjoyable interview.
May God bless you all,
Francis Dupoise
New Haven

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