Luke Gasparre, Longtime Mets Usher And Decorated WWII Veteran, Dies

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — If you've ever been to a Mets game, either at Shea Stadium or Citi Field, you probably ran into Luke Gasparre at some point.

For 55 years, he was a key member of the Mets family, working as an usher.

The 95-year-old World War II veteran passed away Thursday morning, but his memory will live on among the many fans he lovingly welcomed to games for so long.

"Luke held a special place in our Mets family," the Mets said in a statement. "So many of our fans knew him as he always welcomed everyone with open arms and a friendly conversation. He will be missed by many and we send our heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends."

At the age of 18, he was drafted into the Army and served in the Battle of the Bulge — earning seven medals, including a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, which he proud