Saturday, January 30, 2010

They Don't Make Them Like They Used To

below various pics of Joe Rollino
An excerpt from the nydailynews
A former Coney Island strongman killed by a minivan at the age of 104 was laid to rest Saturday by friends and family who spared no superlative in describing his life.
"Joe Rollino wasn't just a man, he was an irreplaceable fixture of South Brooklyn for over a century," friend Gino Longo, 42, said at St. Bernadette Church in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.
"They just don't make men like Joe Rollino anymore. God broke the mold."
Rollino - war veteran, boxer, weightlifter and all-around Brooklyn legend - was crossing Bay Ridge Parkway to buy a newspaper last week when he was struck and killed by a Ford Windstar van.

I tried looking for Joe in the census. I couldn't find him, but I found a World War II
veteran who looked similar, except he would have been 95. Could it be?
Joseph J Rollino
Birth Year: 1915
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: New York
State of Residence: New York
County or City: Kings
Enlistment Date: 9 Apr 1942
Enlistment State: New York
Enlistment City: Fort Jay Governors Island
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: 1 year of high school
Civil Occupation: Athletes, sports instructors, and sports officials
Marital Status: Single, with dependents
Height: 63
Weight: 123

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