“I’m at a stage in life where every day is a bonus. I’ve done more than I ever expected to do. I’ve lived through a lot of varied experiences. I’m really grateful for every opportunity that’s been given me,” said Ito.
“In a way, I’d like to pay back all the opportunities and things that have been given me. There are so few of us left now, I feel more than fortunate to be still around for the foreseeable future.
This house is much too big for one person. I miss my wife. I still imagine her coming down the stairs.
I have a wonderful family—three children, one daughter-in-law, a grandchild, six years old now. I have many friends, not only locally, but around the country...
I suppose at the moment, I realize that at my age, and seeing all my colleagues go by the wayside, that my days are numbered. I want to make the most of them.”
Pictured: Ito married his wife, Minnie, in 1948. She died in June 2012.