World War II veteran Paul Colosimo was honored on his 101st birthday by family and friends at Atria Kinghaven, where he has lived for a little more than a year.
Riverview Mayor Andrew Swift present Colosimo with a proclamation, and members of the Wyandotte Veterans Honor Guard presented him with an American flag during the birthday celebration Oct. 21.
“It was truly an honor and pleasure meeting Paul and his family, and being able to help recognize him for his longevity and patriotism,” the mayor said.
Colosimo opened Paul’s Radio and Television Service in Melvindale in 1954, and worked there until he was 100 years old, when he moved to Kinghaven to recover from a stroke, where he uses a wheelchair and gets around well. Colosimo and his shop have been featured several times in local newspapers and television reports.
Born in 1917, Colosimo learned radio repair as a young man, and served in the Navy during World War II as a petty officer first class aboard the USS Adirondack, a floating command post. Colosimo took care of the ship’s advanced communications equipment, including radar, sonar, radio and more.
He has been a member of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church for more than 70 years, said his daughter, Rosie Boyle.
“He played many important roles at his church, and God has always been his No. 1,” she said. “He has given so much, and served his community, family and church with honor and dignity. He was the grand knight of his Melvindale Knights of Columbus years ago. He is also a member of the American Legion.”
Colosimo credits his faith for his long, active life.