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Cease & Store throws retired WWII vet, former worker shock 100th birthday bash

A retired WWII vet – who had labored every single day up till the coronavirus pandemic struck final 12 months – was honored on his 100th birthday by his former and beloved employer: Cease & Store. 

The corporate wished to thank Benny Ficeto, not just for his service to this nation, however for his dedication to the Edison, New Jersey, retailer for over a decade. 

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On Monday, Ficeto was pushed to his former retailer for his very personal shock celebration. There have been droves of prolonged members of the family, pals, former associates, a patriotic singing group and even a cake. 

What’s extra, Cease & Store unveiled a veterans-only parking spot in his honor. 

Benny Ficeto was thrown a surprise party for his 100th birthday by his former Stop & Shop. 

Benny Ficeto was thrown a shock celebration for his 100th birthday by his former Cease & Store.  (Cease & Store )

“Benny’s Spot” will assist give veterans easy accessibility to the shop, Cease & Store spokesperson Stefanie Shuman instructed Fox Information. 

“It says in honor of Benny for his service to the shop and his nation,” she mentioned. 

For 4 years, residents of Edison knew precisely the place to seek out the hard-working veteran – bagging groceries at register quantity 4 or 5, Shuman mentioned. 

Previous to that, he labored at a location in Bloomingdale, New Jersey, for eight years.

“Individuals would wait in line even when there was an open register, they might wait as a result of they wished Benny to bag their groceries,” Shuman mentioned. 

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Ficeto was fulfilled going to work every single day and interacting with the shoppers, his great-nephew Daniel Reynolds and Reynold’s girlfriend, Melissa Malley, instructed Fox Information. 

Benny Ficeto was thrown a surprise party for his 100th birthday by former employer Stop & Shop.

Benny Ficeto was thrown a shock celebration for his 100th birthday by former employer Cease & Store. (Cease & Store )

“Working at my age offers you function,” Reynolds and Malley recalled Ficeto saying. 

He by no means wished to take a break and thought it was “mindless to take action,” Reynolds and Malley added. 

When the pandemic hit in 2020, Ficeto stopped working however he “by no means actually left the hearts and minds of Cease & Store.” 

Final 12 months, Cease & Store even threw him a drive-by automotive parade to mark his 99th birthday.  

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This 12 months, seeing his 100th birthday celebration and devoted parking spot, he was stuffed with gratitude, Shuman mentioned. 

Benny Ficeto was thrown a surprise party for his 100th birthday by former employer Stop & Shop.

Benny Ficeto was thrown a shock celebration for his 100th birthday by former employer Cease & Store. (Cease & Store )

“He knew the day was for him. Day by day ought to be for him in my view,” Shuman mentioned. 

Despite the fact that Ficeto is now not an affiliate, “he is nonetheless a part of this household and we are going to proceed to rejoice him.” 

In reality, they’re going to plan his 101st birthday and “each birthday after that,” she mentioned. 

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