Biloxi resident turning one hundred years old
If Mardi Gras wasn’t enough of a party, a special Biloxi native will be turning one hundred years old right on Fat Tuesday. The long-time Biloxi resident was honored at City Hall tonight.
It’s a very special night for soon to be 100-years-old Biloxi resident Fred Tucei who now has his own official day that will be honored right in the city he grew up in.
Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich surprised Tucei with a proclamation to mark the long-time Biloxi resident’s upcoming birthday. In front of a packed crowd at City Hall, Mayor Gilich declared February 13th, 2018 as Fred Tucei Day.
Mr. Tucei was born on Fat Tuesday in 1918 on Delauney Street, now known as George Ohr Street in Biloxi. Tucei graduated from Biloxi High School in 1937. He joined the Army in 1942 as a paratrooper. Before and after his military service, Tucei worked in Biloxi for a printing company and Latil Motors.
Tucei eventually moved to Pascagoula to work as a welder for Ingalls Shipbuilding and in 1972 he started Tucei’s Fishing Camp which he says drew a lot of people to the Coast. “I caused a lot of people to move to this part of the country because I operated a fishing camp and they came to fish and a lot of them become residents of this area.” “(So Fred, what’s your secret for living this long?) Keep moving.”
When Fred was asked how it felt to receive the special proclamation, he said he was at a loss for words. Fred will be turning one hundred this Tuesday so if you see him out and about in Biloxi don’t hesitate to congratulate him.