Richard "Rich" Delucchi of Woodside, who was 105 on Sept. 14, not only looks back on a wonderful life, he's looking ahead. He's participating as an investor in Delucchi's Market, which is opening Oct. 2 at Marsh Manor in Redwood City, in the former Key Market location.
"You'll see him at the store. He loves Marsh Manor. He often goes there for lunch and enjoys the music on Thursday nights in the summer, " says his daughter Dorine Secrest.
Mr. Delucchi celebrated his 105th birthday with a party at his Woodside home for 40 family members, longtime friends and business associates. It was hosted by his three daughters, Dorine Secrest, Claudette Vogel, and Susan Sanchez.
Five years ago, for his 100th birthday, he was honored by members of the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County. Mr. Delucchi was instrumental in putting together the purchase of the Mounted Patrol grounds in 1947 and was a founding member of the organization. He was named outstanding horseman-citizen of 2005 by the Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County Horsemen's Association.
A retired building contractor who started his own contracting firm at age 16, Mr. Delucchi has lived in Woodside since 1951. A San Francisco native, he began riding horses in the 1930s. For many years he was known for riding around Woodside on one of his two mules, Black Jack and Jennie, according to an article in the Jan. 25, 2006, issue of the Almanac.
Mr. Delucchi helped convince San Mateo County officials to build horse trails along Canada, Kings Mountain and Greer roads, and has been involved with the Woodside Trail Club since its inception, according to The Almanac article.