On Thursday, July 9, Gerard “Jerry” Canadeo celebrated his 100th Birthday, surrounded by family and friends, and honored with parade.
Born in Queens, NY, Canadeo came to Connecticut in 1943, where he married Madeline Orio, and had three children. Throughout his 70 years in West Haven, Canadeo worked for the state of Connecticut, and has been very involved in the Lion’s Club. He has also been an active member of St. John’s Vianney’s Church, where he volunteered every year until he was 95 for the annual carnival, raising money for the church.
Compassus, an agency dedicated to palliative care, coordinated with Canadeo’s family to arrange a car parade to celebrate the special milestone. The City of West Haven Fire Department and Police Department came to support, leading the parade with family, friends, Louis P. Esposito, Jr. (Mayor’s Chief of Staff), and Compassus team in tow in decorated cars. The honoree waved to everyone from his lawn, while his daughter passed out goodie bags and thank you notes.
After the parade, friends and family gathered to continue the celebration with a framed letter sent by President Trump and First Lady Melania, and a citation sent by Mayor Nancy Rossi to honor Mr. Canadeo’s 100th birthday.