Westport’s ‘Fast Eddie’ Gets His Own 105th Birthday Billboard on I-195
Westport's oldest living man is about to receive the biggest birthday present of his life – literally.
On May 19, "Fast Eddie" Beaulieu will be turning 105 years old and his love for hot rods is still as strong as it's ever been. So, what do you get a man for his 105th birthday? You get him his own billboard with a photo of him, smiling, sitting in a convertible hot rod.
Between May 18-21, there will be a giant billboard on 195 East, just before the Route 24 South exit in Fall River (next to the Lazer Gate mill) in honor of Beaulieu's birthday. If you're driving from Fall River to Westport, this is where to look on Tuesday, May 18:
Last year, Beaulieu was surprised with a special hot rod parade that was organized by Fourth of July Parade committee member Dave Palmer over on Sanford Road, where Beaulieu was picked up and driven around town for all to see.
For years, he worked at his garage, Beaulieu's Garage, which his son has now taken over, and now "Fast Eddie" is living his best life and will soon have his face looking over the bustling traffic of 195.
Friends of the family who own the billboard, Murray Outdoor Advertising, originally donated it to the St. Filemena's School to help out with fundraisers and donations. However, as "Fast Eddie's" birthday got closer, they decided to put his face on it along with his age.
"I can't wait to bring him over there to see the look on his face," Beaulieu's daughter Mary Caouette said. "He really likes to talk about how old he is, he really likes cars and he really like talking about his family. So when he hears that everyone in the family had a little piece of the puzzle to put this together for him, he's going to love it even more."
These days, Beaulieu lives at home in Westport. As a huge car enthusiast, his family can really start to see his personality come out this time of year when the car clubs open back up and car cruises are planned. This past February he had a little slip and fall and broke his hip. He was in the hospital for rehab for five or six weeks, and then home for five or six weeks. Thankfully, he's now moving around with his walker and cane and eager to get back out again.
Another car parade is currently in the works for Sunday the 23rd, a week after his birthday, but the family is still waiting for permission from the town first.
"That should get him amped up for the car show season," Caouette said.
As for "Fast Eddie," if for some chance you're reading this, we at Fun 107 want to wish you the happiest 105th birthday, and may you enjoy another year of good health and good times.