While society informs us that at a certain age, we should "retire," not everyone wants to stop working. Many individuals are pleased to continue to work as long as they are physically capable. It is the case with the veteran of the Second World War, Bartolomeo "Bennie" Ficeto. Bennie is still working at the old age of 97, and retirement is not yet on the cards.
Nothing To Keep Him Back
Bennie is not allowing his advanced age to keep him from doing what he intends to do. Bennie spruces up and reports for duty at the local Stop and Shop grocery store in Edison, New Jersey, twice a week instead of sitting back and doing nothing.
And with a B-25 Mitchell Bomber on the front, he never forgets his unique hat emblazoned. Bennie is a veteran of the Second World War whose life in those dark days was in genuine risk.
There was a point during the war, says Ficeto, where he didn't believe he would ever get back. It turns out that he was shot down the day he didn't fly out.
That might have been so easy for him, he says, adding that he was scared every time he entered his fighter plane's cockpit. Ficeto still risked his life every day, frightened or not, because that's what he was trained to do. Even though he still has a job today, it's far from intimidating.
Ethic Of Work
Ficeto is, without a doubt an inspiration to all those who meet him at the grocery store in New Jersey, where he operates twice a week. At Edison, New Jersey's Stop & Shop grocery store where he bags client food, he was a familiar face. And he should place a smile on your dial as he wraps his face in smiles at all times.
According to the shop manager, Sal Marconi, Bennie is a joy to have around, happy, and chatty as he is. When shopping, customers appreciate meeting the veteran, and when visiting, they hope he's on duty.
When fellow veterans enter the shop when Bennie works, of course, the discussions they strike up are full of war stories and shared experiences. When one client informed Ficeto he had served both in Vietnam and in the Korean wars, Bennie accepted the hand of his fellow veteran and thanked him for his service.
According to Ficeto, this kind of conversation is what keeps him on. Although during his shift, he has the right to a 15-minute break, he never requires it. He continues to work because he likes to meet the clients he meets.
His friendliness is reflected at him because he comments that individuals are so beautiful that it makes him proud. And he's not even planning to stop anytime quickly at 97, stating he's targeting 100.