By William Tauro
Longtime Somerville resident Wilbur Smith turned 100 years old this past Sunday, September 30. Helping to celebrate Wilbur’s 100th birthday was Wilbur’s landlord Bert Faulkner, Building Manager Elizabeth Campbell and her staff who threw a birthday party for him in the top floor penthouse function facility of the Faulkner Towers on Highland Avenue in Somerville.
In attendance at the celebration, just to name a few, was Somerville Board of Alderman President Tom Taylor, Middlesex Register of Deeds Elect Maria Curtatone, Council on Aging Director Cindy Hickey and just about every tenant from the apartment complex, all there to wish Wilbur a happy 100th birthday.
Bert Faulkner, the complex’s owner said, “Wilbur’s 100th birthday was the first of its kind in thirty-four years since the building’s opening 1978.”
Also in attendance was Wilbur’s nephew Al McCart and his wife Kathy to help celebrate the joyous event.
Wilbur received a letter from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle wishing him a happy 100th birthday. Also, Somerville Board of Alderman President Tom Taylor presented Wilbur with a citation from the entire Board of Aldermen and Mayor Joseph Curtatone.