97-year-old WWII veteran proud to still be working at New Jersey grocery store
The Majic Message
Don’t put limits on your happiness, especially if one of those limits is your own age. Bartolomeo Ficeto, a World War II veteran, still works twice a week bagging groceries. And we’re going to let you in on a little secret, he’s 97 years old. He doesn’t let his age stand in the way of delighting customers and bringing joy to the Stop and Shop in Edison. Working seems to bring him happiness, so he has no plans of stopping anytime soon. Don’t use age as an excuse, because people like Bartolomeo Ficeto, won’t let you have it. Here’s a perfect quote for you as you continue on to enjoy the full story:
“Let death be what takes us, not lack of imagination.” – Dr. BJ Miller
While many people look forward to retiring, a 97-year-old man from New Jersey looks forward to working and proves that age is just a number.
Bartolomeo Ficeto, a World War II veteran, still works twice a week bagging groceries at a Stop and Shop in Edison.
He is very proud of his years and doesn’t even like to take the 15-minute breaks he is entitled to. To him, his age is a fact — not a factor.
Ficeto has been a part of the Stop and Shop family for nearly 10 years.
“Bennie’s a joy, he’s full of life, he’s happy,” manager Sal Marconi said.
A newspaper recently wrote a story about him that made him a bit of a local star.
“People are so nice, it makes you feel proud,” Ficeto said. “They put my write up over there.”
And he gets even more love when folks learn he was a gunner on a fighter plane during WWII. He put his life on the line each mission.
“I was scared every time I had to get into the plane,” he said. “But the Lord took me back.”
Ficeto shared another reason why he cherishes his long life.
“The day I didn’t fly, they shot my plane down,” Ficeto said. “And I don’t know where they went down.”
Ficeto says he isn’t that old and he still has all his senses — and has no plans to stop using them.
He said he plans to keep working until he drops dead.
By ABC 7