In September 1943, Joseph Torrisi, a young airman in the Army Air Corps, came home on leave from Europe and fell in love with a little house at 78 Ocean Terrace. He asked his father to buy that house so the whole family, including his kid sister Rose, could be together in a beautiful home after the war. Sadly, Joseph perished in the skies over France when his plane went down in fierce combat. Less than a year later, his stricken father bought 78 Ocean Terrace as a tribute to his son’s heroism and his dream for the family.
Decades later, Joseph’s sister Rose, still lives at 78 Ocean Terrace and her grandchildren continue to spend summers there.