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Nearly 150 guests mark Tarpon man's 100th birthday

Simo Radulovich of Tarpon Springs celebrated his 100th birthday June 20 at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Clearwater.

Nearly 150 guests, including family and friends from Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina and Maryland, attended a banquet in Mr. Radulovich's honor, followed by a Holy Liturgy by Bishop Longin of New Gracanica Monastery, a longtime friend of the centenarian.

The next day, the family celebrated with a brunch at the Palm Harbor home of Milan and Christa Radulovich, and a congratulatory birthday note was received from President Barack Obama.

He was born June 21, 1910, to Kosta Radulovich, a farmer, and his wife, Jovanka Maglov Radulovich in Polaca, a municipality in northern Dalmatia.

While in his 20s, Mr. Radulovich studied tailoring in Serbia, France and England. He completed certificates in ladies tailoring in Paris and also at the London Cutting Academy. While in Paris, he worked for the couture house of Jeanne Lanvin. The first jacket he made was a special order for a Rockefeller of New York City.

He married Stanislava Seizovic on March 5, 1950, in Belgrade, Serbia. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

The couple immigrated to the United States in 1952 and made their home in Chicago, where he owned Simrad Tailoring until 1975, providing tailoring, alterations and dry cleaning. They also owned and managed several properties in the Chicago area.

He was a founding member of New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Third Lake, Ill. Locally, they are members of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Clearwater.

The couple built a home here in 1985, and for the next 20 years divided their time between Chicago and Tarpon Springs. They became permanent residents in 2005.

Mr. Radulovich has always been an avid reader with an interest in history. At age 97, he requested a subscription to the French Paris Match magazine so he could keep up with the language.

He attributes his longevity to excellent genes; living in moderation; eating natural, healthy foods (including lots of garlic); taking vitamins; enjoying red wine; a good night's sleep; and daily exercise.

Mr. Radulovich and his wife have a son, Milan Radulovich of Palm Harbor; a daughter, Jovanka Radulovich Westbrook of Indianola, Iowa; two grandsons, Alexander P. Radulovich of Palm Harbor, and Adam T. Westbrook of Iowa City, Iowa; and two granddaughters, Emily Westbrook Cantrell of Charlotte, N.C., and Anna Carina Radulovich of Palm Harbor.

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Bob and Deanna Raffaele of Clearwater Beach celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 18 at a dinner party with family and friends at the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach, and with a trip to Napa Valley wine country and San Francisco.

The couple met when they were children living next door to each other in Stamford, Conn. They went steady in high school and married June 18, 1960, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Stamford. They came here in 1995 from Danbury, Conn.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Stamford, and at Publix on Clearwater Beach.

She is a homemaker.

They have three sons; and four grandchildren.

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Jack and Marianne Joyner of Clearwater celebrated 50 years of marriage July 4 with family and friends, and with dinner July 8 at the Lobster Pot in Redington Shores with friends.

The couple married July 8, 1960, at Christ Presbyterian Church, Largo.

He was born and raised in Clearwater. She came here in 1950 from La Grange, Ill.

They are the owners of Jack Joyner Heating and Air Conditioning Co.

The Joyners are members of Calvary Baptist Church, Clearwater.

They have three children; and eight grandchildren.

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Clare Elizabeth Howard, granddaughter of Margaret C. Howard of Clearwater, has been awarded a Bill Gates Scholarship to Cambridge College, London.

A member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Howard is a cum laude graduate of Amherst College in Massachusetts, class of 2010, majoring in neuroscience.

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