[Extensions of Remarks]
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CELEBRATING THE 90TH BIRTHDAY OF MATTHEW `MATTY' FERRENTINO
HON. BRIAN HIGGINS
of new york
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Mr. HIGGINS of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the
active and impressive life of my friend Matthew `Matty' Ferrentino as
he celebrates his 90th birthday on June 21, 2017.
Matty Ferrentino is the son of Italian immigrants and was born and
raised in Buffalo, NY. He and his wife Joan now live in West Seneca,
Matty graduated from University at Buffalo in 1951 with a bachelor's
degree in physical education. During his time at the University at
Buffalo, Matty played football for the UB Bulls, starting all four
years as offensive guard and defensive linebacker. In 1950, Matty
earned Little All-American status and led the UB Bulls as co-captain in
their fifth straight winning season.
After his time at UB, Matty began working at the Ford Stamping Plant
as a guard and retired in 1994 as a Production Manager. Matty and his
wife Joan raised three children: Dan, Judy, and Rob and now have five
grandchildren: Dani, Baylea, Conner, Drew and Gracie. In September,
Matty will become a great-grandfather for the first time.
Physical activity has long been a part of Matty's life. In addition
to leading the UB Bulls during his time at school, Matty boxed in the
U.S. Army and as an amateur outside of the army. Even today, Matty
remains active working out at LA Fitness. I am honored to be among the
many friendships that Matty has developed through the years at the gym.
His discipline and perseverance is an inspiration to us all.
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to recognize the accomplishments of my
friend, Matty Ferrentino. I look forward to celebrating his 90 years of
life with family and friends who have traveled from near and far on
June 23, 2017. I wish Matty and his family health and happiness in all
the days to come.