The Newport Daily News: Cross-section of humanity

By Sean Flynn | Staff writer

Nov 24, 2017

NEWPORT — About 150 people from all walks of life with a range of experiences gathered Thursday afternoon at the Seamen's Church Institute for a Thanksgiving dinner that is an annual celebration of community.

Hugo Wallgren of Newport, a retired chief financial officer, and Zolton Phillips of New Bedford, Massachusetts, a retired real estate developer, sat at one of the long tables in the main room and regaled guests with stories and jokes.

“We met in a nursing home in Plymouth (Massachusetts),” said Wallgren, who is a cancer survivor. “We are the only two who walked out of there at the time and have been friends ever since.”

“We're both retired and the kids are gone,” he said.

“We can't even chase women anymore,” Phillips said.

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