Fred ‘Palm Beach’ Cerasoli turns 104 years old today


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – Fred “Palm Beach” Cerasoli turns 104 years of age today, and credits his seven children, four grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren for having taught him something in life.

A resident of Hyland Nursing Home in Iron Mountain, Cerasoli said he enjoys life.

When asked his secret to a long life, he said he eats a lot of garlic.

“I really like it,” he said. He also exercises.

Cerasoli was born in Verona, Mich., on April 8, 1909. Both of his parents were from Italy, and his mother died when he was three years of age, leaving Cerasoli to be raised in several different orphanages.

Cerasoli moved to Iron Mountain at a young age. He held several jobs in his lifetime, including in a bakery shop, hotel, grocery store, and as a truck driver. While the trucking industry, he said he started at the bottom and worked his way up.

His wife, Sophie, originally from Iron County, died in 2002.

He said he has been treated well his entire life.

“They must have learned to like me. I had a pretty good life,” he said.

Cerasoli is in good health for his age, although a little hard of hearing.

He added his mother had seven children but six of them died, and he had seven children and they all lived.

“It’s nice to have a family and a close-knit one,” Cerasoli said of his family members who call and come visit him in the nursing home. Most of his family live in the Iron Mountain area.

Cerasoli got the nickname “Palm Beach” from wearing a “Palm Beach Suit,” a light-weight summer suit.

He recalls, he was about 16 years old at the time Palm Beach suits were popular. He never had a suit with long pants before and bought one for special occasions.

This was the first suit with long pants he ever owned. Before that, he wore knickers.

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