SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains resident Alphonse Fantini celebrated his 100th birthday at a gathering hosted at the Italian American Club in Scotch Plains on Friday, Oct. 18.

The party featured pasta, veal and peppers, bake clams, and other Italian food, along with wine and a cake to celebrate the century mark.

Mr. Fantini was born on October 8, 1919, and has been a resident of Scotch Plains since coming to the U.S. in 1928 from Montazzoli, Italy, at the age of 9, when his parents settled in Scotch Plains, where he still resides.    

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During WWII, he was a Coast Artillery Army sergeant in the Pacfic. He also worked as a welder for 55 years at Hosokowa Micron Powder Systems 

He was married for 71 years to Donna Fantini, who passed away on August 4, 2019. Donna and Alphonse were blessed with three children; Claire Forsyth (husband Gary), Ronald Fantini (wife Kathy), and Mary Ann Gilbert (husband Barry); four grandchildren; Kenneth Forsyth (wife Tara), Jeff Fantini; Stephanie Kaiser (husband Kyle) and Christopher Gilbert (wife Jess); and three great grandchildren; Sadie, Sophia, and Addie Forsyth.      

Alphonse has been active in the Italian American Club adnd in St. Bartholomew’s Church since its inception as one of the original parishioners of the church.

Earlier this month, Mr. Fantini was honored with a proclamation by Mayor Al Smith and the Scotch Plains Township Council on the occasion of his 100 birthday on Saturday, Oct. 12, at a party held by friends and family at the Spanish Tavern in Mountainside. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.