HOPKINTON – I’d spent my childhood hearing my grandfather talk about him. Now, his name regularly falls from my brother’s lips. All I personally knew of Sonny Zampini was that he was in the scrapyard business and that probably everyone in town had called on him when they needed cars hauled away. Recently, upon discovering that he lives on the site of an old mill, I thought I might visit him and do a story. It didn’t take long however, for me to realize that the story wasn’t about a structure. It was about a man.
Sonny invited me in when I got to his Arcadia home and introduced me to his wife Gilda. He will be turning 85 in October, he told me.
“We got married a little late in life,” he commented as he motioned for me to sit down. “A lot late,” Gilda corrected with a laugh.
“We were married in 1974 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Providence,” Sonny said. “It cost me all of $6 to get married.”
They smiled across the table at each other as they recalled their union 40 years ago.
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