Luke Gasparre, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient who served in the Battle of the Bulge, died Thursday morning at 95.
He was also the longest-tenured usher in Mets history.
Gasparre, a retired postal worker who lived in Astoria, Queens, took a second job as an usher at Shea Stadium when the ballpark opened in 1964. The Army veteran became a fixture at games for the next 55 years, working in Section 109 in the old stadium before shifting to Section 310 at Citi Field. Across the street, he filled a similar role during the US Open.
“He’d see the same people in the same section all the time and they became more than friends,” grandson Jeff Greenberg said.
“He liked being part of the Mets community. He was a staple. He’d been there since the doors opened. He saw everything Mets-oriented, but the greatest highlight of that part of his life was seeing the pope at Shea Stadium.”
Gasparre, one of seven children, grew up in Yorkville, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, before moving to Queens in 1937. There, Gasparre, a talented tap dancer, befriended a gifted singer two years his junior: Tony Bennett.
“Tony would sing and [Gasparre] would tap,” Greenberg…