Pawtucket family surprises 92-year-old grandfather during coronavirus quarantine


PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE): Alfred Vecoli, a Pawtucket resident, is turning 92-year-old on Monday. Vecoli has a rare autoimmune disease and has been quarantined at home.

“Normally we would have a big family get together, here at the Italian club, or someone’s home,” his son, Chuck Vecoli, said.

Vecoli has 8 children, 14 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren, with 2 more on the way. His big family was not ready to let him celebrate without them!

Family and friends lined their cars up and down Cute Street in Pawtucket.

Vecoli’s great-grandchildren spent all night decorating and making signs.

“He’s the link to our family and we all do this for him,” Marianna Salois, his 13-year-old great-granddaughter, said. “He’s just really lovable. He’s one of those people that when you see him you just love him.

When Vecoli walked out the door, he had a look of disbelief as his family of generations passed by in dozens of cars honking and waving. All the cars eventually stopped and everyone sang Happy Birthday outside his home.

“He lives with my sister Tina and my younger brother Christopher… and they’re going nuts because they can’t leave him and he wants to go out all the time,” Chuck Vecoli said.

While Vecoli is not sure when he’ll be able to spend time with his family next, he said there is one thing he does know, which is that this birthday is one he will never forget.

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