SHELTON — The coronavirus pandemic could not stop Bob Lally’s birthday bash.

Lally, the city’s deputy registrar of voters, stood outside his Brownson Road home on May 24, celebrating his 85th birthday as some 75 vehicles passed by, honking their horns and hollering Happy Birthday.

The party was planned by his daughter, Kathy, and his granddaughter, Morgan.

Vehicles were decorated with streamers and balloons to honor the special day.

Cindy Barbian, who works at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop and Food Bank where Lally is on the board of directors, said with the restrictions associated with social distancing, his family felt this would “lift his spirits and show him some love.”

A Shelton resident for more than 50 years, Lally has been a staple in the community.

Honored last year by the Shelton Democratic Town Committee, Lally served two terms on the Board of Apportionment andTaxation and two terms as an alderman representing Ward 1. He served on the Charter Revision Commission and ran for mayor.