Posted Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
Antonio Cardona of Morristown, who turned 102 on Aug. 26, was presented with a framed resolution by the Morris County Board of Freeholders in celebration of his longevity.
“He immigrated to America almost 50 years ago to build a new life and home for his family. He not only succeeded, but also has been blessed with longevity, surrounded by generations of children and grandchildren,” said Freeholder Tayfun Selen.
He and Freeholder John Krickus delivered the resolution to Mr. Cardona at his Morristown home. They were joined by members of the Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce, and were greeted by his daughter, Myriam.
“As someone who also immigrated to this great nation to start a new life, I admire his courage and optimism, and I wish him many more years of health and success,” Freeholder Selen said.
The freeholder, who became a successful businessman in Morris County after moving from Turkey, shared his experiences moving to a new land with Mr. Cardona, who was born in Colomiba. Freeholder Selen recounted how his first job was pumping gas. Mr. Cardona spoke of landing in the United States with only a dollar in his pocket.
The event was one of many congratulations bestowed on Mr. Cardona in recent weeks. Friends, family members, local Morristown officials, Morris County sheriff officers, firefighters and neighbors honored him on his Aug. 26 birthday with caravan of cars that drove in front of his Morristown home.
The freeholder resolution adopted today recognizes him for: “Having the courage and optimism to start a new life for his family in a new land and for raising them to realize their own potential in life.”
Mr. Cardona was 56 years old when he moved to the United States. He had been living in Colombia, where he and his wife, Judith, had six daughters and three sons, until an economic crisis impacted his local business in 1972. He initially immigrated alone, settling in Morristown, before his wife and family eventually joined him.
He worked at Morristown Memorial Hospital before retiring, and lost his wife of 56 years in 2005. But Mr. Cardona now enjoys life as the patriarch of a family that includes 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.