Del Mar resident turns 100

Del Mar resident Henry Dalessio celebrated his 100th birthday this month, complete with a cake from his friends at Del Mar Community Connections.

“We adore Henry and we miss having him on the (grocery shuttle) bus,” DMCC program director Heather Glenn said.

Dalessio, originally from New York, wore his bright blue Brooklyn Dodgers jacket to his impromptu party. It came before a lecture on brain plasticity, or the way the brain “rewires” itself over time, by UC San Francisco professor Michael Merzenich.

“We thought that showing everybody a centurion would be a great way to kick off the talk,” Glenn said.

Dalessio, who spent 30 years working for the city of New York, now lives locally with his daughter Teri Tilker.

“He certainly likes (San Diego) weather-wise, but I think he misses (New York) like all New Yorkers do,” Tilker said.

Tilker said Dalessio particularly enjoys attending the Solana Beach Sing-Along at the Fletcher Cove Community Center. She said he stopped going on the DMCC grocery shuttle due to some health issues, but that his absence may only be temporary.

“He’s home and doing better, so we were hoping maybe we can get him back on the bus,” she said.

Dalessio, who now has two grandchildren, moved to Del Mar to be with his family after retiring roughly 30 years ago.

“Everybody’s out here,” Tilker said.

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