In 1941, we moved from Warwick R.I. to Seekonk MA. It was a difficult to leave our colonial home (My Dad Peter’s pride when he moved from South Providence), familiar surroundings and friends, but the move was necessary as Dad needed to find work.
I adjusted more quickly than my four older brothers and entered the 1st grade at Newman Ave School with Mrs. Thompson my teacher. There I met new friends, became a cub scout, then a boy scout.
After scout meetings, we would walk to Rumford across the Reservoir (where we would swim when game warden Charlie Higgins wasn’t around) to Crocker’s Drug Store to order a Black Crow Soda with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
We played baseball and football on Newman Ave Field, and on cold winter we skated on the ponds. We had jobs in the gas station, on farms and caddying at Ledgemont CC.
I went to East Providence High because there was no high school in Seekonk.
I never heard my father complain. Born in 1897, he didn’t have the chance for a formal education. From 1941-46 he worked in a defense plant in Pawtucket. In 1946, he applied for a position as superintendent at Arden Jewelry 1946-1950 and became highly respected in the jewelry world.
In 1960, He and my 4 brothers formed Torino Creations in Cranston, eventually employing 100. Torino was sold in 2003.
Dad worked hard, was sure we got our chance for education and success. For that we are most proud.