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Thu June 10, 2010
103-year-old Statehouse doorman says he's retiring
By Scott MacKay
Providence, R.I. – He is 103 years old and finally Frank DiPaolo is retiring after 32 years as a Statehouse door keeper. Or is he?
DiPaolo's friends showed up at the Statehouse to celebrate the retirement of the 103-year-old house doorkeeper.
Dipaolo, a political fixture in Providence's Mount Pleasant neighborhood, helped Patrick Kennedy win his first political race. It was a 1988 campaign for state representative from the neighborhood surrounding Providence College, where at the time Kennedy was a student.
Kennedy presented DiPaolo with a proclamation signed by President Barack Obama. Kennedy noted that the president's signature was real, not one of the machine-generated signatures usually used by political figures on ceremonial proclamations.
When it was DiPaolo's turn to speak, he said he was happy to retire, then said:
``I may start to get uncomfortable at home. And maybe I'll have to pick up the book again and look over just exactly what I am going to plan on doing.''
DiPaolo ran the Castle SPA, a landmark breakfast and lunch spot on Chalkstone Avenue, for more than 40 years. DiPaolo and Kennedy met in the mid 1980s, when Kennedy wandered in for a ham sandwich.