LONDONDERRY — It's not every day someone turns 101 and gets to take a big ride in style.
But for Larry Gould, turning 101 on June 18 not only gave him special honors and a cake, but also a chance to sit and enjoy a cruise around Londonderry in a classic 1948 Plymouth.
Gould has lived at All American Assisted Living facility in Londonderry for about two years and was surprised on his birthday, not only with many well wishes from residents and staff and a big cake to enjoy, but also with a special ride in the Plymouth, courtesy of Londonderry resident Roger Fillio, who drove up ready to take Gould on his tour.
When asked what the secret was to such a long life, Gould replied he had run out of any words of wisdom, but kept smiling the entire time while cutting his cake and greeting friends.
Gould's sister-in-law Sharon Crowell said the birthday boy is a proud Navy veteran and is a big fan of those classic roadsters from the past.
Londonderry Town Clerk Sherry Farrell also presented Gould with a town proclamation to honor his birthday.
Gould then walked out to the front of the facility and climbed in the car with Fillio at the wheel. The ride was to include a cruise around the new Woodmont Commons development and the new 603 Brewery area, and also through the more scenic pastoral areas of the community.