Peter Marchesani turned 100-years-old on August 1 —so the Gregory Avenue Apartments where he lives in Weehawken threw the centenarian a bash and they all celebrated in style.
His son, son-in-law and great-great granddaughter were all in town to take part in the festivities.
Peter was born and raised in Union City on 2508 Central Avenue.
He worked as a Union City sanitation worker and later became Superintendent of Public Works, which he’s proud of and still shows the card every once in a while, his son-in-law says.
He and his wife had two children, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Peter has great memories of living and working in Union City and is an inspiration to the people of the city. He moved to Weehawken when he was in his 90s.
Mayor Brian Stack and the Union City Board of Commissioners honored the 100-year-old with a proclamation of his own.
Peter came into this world when we entered World War I and he’s been through all the events since.
According to his son-in-law, Peter was looking forward to this day for the past year and a half.
His son Domenick Marchesani says the 100-year-old is in really good health, other than his hearing being a little impaired — Peter is doing well.
Being surrounded by such a loving family over the years has really helped Peter, and his 13-year-old great-great granddaughter, Xena Iossa is one of them.
Getting the chance to be close with the centenarian throughout her young life means a lot.
“I’m just happy that he’s around right now and I love him a lot,” Iossa says.
What an honor to reach such a milestone and where does Peter go from here…
“I want to live another 500,” he says.