At 107, this Connecticut gentleman still plays bocce with the boys at the club, and he’s ‘not just living, he’s thriving’

Aug 08, 2022 626

BY: Ed Stannard

At 107, Frank Sacco could be the oldest man in Connecticut. It’s hard to know for sure. “It doesn’t matter, because no one’s playing bocce” at that age, said his son, Andrew Sacco. “There may be someone lying in his bed somewhere.” Frank Sacco isn’t lying in bed at the home he shares with his son and daughter-in-law in Cheshire.

He’s still a regular on Wooster Street in New Haven, having lunch with the guys at the Society of Santa Maria Maddalena on Tuesdays and playing bocce at Wooster Memorial Park on Sundays. Sacco walks with a cane and takes no medications. Age has taken most of his hearing, but otherwise he’s in excellent health. Just talk loud and clear if you want to be heard. “Like they say in Italian, ‘Invecchiare puzza,’” Sacco said. “Getting old stinks.”

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