WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) A local veteran is reaching a birthday milestone.
But he is not letting his age slow him down. Eyewitness News Reporter Crystal Cranmore shows us how he is helping other men and women who served.
Even though he tried hiding from the eyewitness news camera, Vince Savarino
Could not escape the spotlight at the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.
Savarino is turning 100 years old Sunday and hospital staff threw this party for the World War Two army veteran.
Savarino enlisted in the army in 1935, serving one tour in Hawaii.
During World War Two, he was stationed at West Point.
Later, he worked as a plumber up until he retired.
For the last 30 years though..
Savarino has volunteered for this hospital. He helped start the popcorn fundraiser.
Deb Schlosser, Chief of Volunteer Service at the VA told Eyewitness News
“He was one of the major organizers of the whole committee.. and got the committee up and running to bring in thousands and thousands of dollars for patients.”
“The reason I do it is because they did a lot for us and I figure I can repay them for it.” Vince told Eyewitness News.
Savarino was married once..but he had two loves of his life.. Josefine and Margaret.”
After his wife Josefine passed away, 86 year old Savarino fell in love with Margaret.. also a volunteer at the hospital.
Now counting down the hours until he turns 100…He’s already looking toward his next goal of 105. What’s his secret to a long life?
“I guess being with good people…Raised by good people. That’s all I can think of”
Saravino is the father of two children,
The soon-to-be centenarian has three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.