Farewell to Gary – 9/30/20

Steve Smithe wants to make everyone aware a familiar face wion’t be around town much longer. – Lil

“Steve Smith here just letting you know that our beloved UPS driver Gary will be retiring and his last day is next Wed Sept. 30!I don’t know of many folks in Walpole who don’t know Gary and I am hoping we could somehow show him how much we will all miss him and his wonderful presence and demeanor in town. Always happy, smiling and pleasant are among some things I think of.I will certainly be looking to at least wave good-bye and good luck next Wednesday?”

Thank you

13 thoughts on “Farewell to Gary – 9/30/20

  1. siebrands 09/23/2020 at 2:35 PM Reply

    My best to Gary. He & I used to play a little ping pong over his lunch hour when I was at 1st Congo Church. He was always a good loser! LOL!


  2. Tara Sad 09/23/2020 at 2:36 PM Reply

    I thought it would be a great idea if we could get together a group with signs of thanks and good luck and be at Burdick’s Factory (his last stop) at about 5:00 Wednesday, at the end of his last shift.


    • Amy Howard 09/23/2020 at 2:53 PM Reply

      Gary is the best. I love this idea. Are we sure he will stop there?


  3. Ben Daviss 09/23/2020 at 3:57 PM Reply

    Gary was delivering to us in Keene before we moved to Walpole 30 years ago. Always a smile, a good conversation, and exceptional service. Yes, let’s meet him next Wednesday – and let’s make sure Burdick’s factory is open and shipping that day.


  4. bill03608moses 09/23/2020 at 5:03 PM Reply

    One of the nicest people we have met. Will miss him but wish him much joy and happiness in his retirement

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android


  5. Barbara Kasper 09/23/2020 at 5:35 PM Reply

    We shall miss Gary tremendously! He is always SO wonderful about tracking us down when we’re not where the package is. He has been among the very best of small town blessings. We hope all his fun plans for retirement go well!


  6. Fran Imhoff 09/23/2020 at 6:53 PM Reply

    I love the idea of a thank-you send off for Gary!! I’ll do my best to be there! He is a wonderful human being and always has a smile and a kind word!


  7. Bob and Marti Harrington 09/24/2020 at 8:32 AM Reply

    We will be there, we just assume a good thing will go on forever! He deserves a good rest, but Walpole will sure miss him!


  8. Tara Sad 09/24/2020 at 2:34 PM Reply

    Update: Burdick’s Factory is very willing to have people gather to say goodbye to Gary on Wednesday. He normally stops there, his final pickup, between 4:30 and 5:00 – so we should all be there by 4:30. They ask that we park in the back of their building, so we don’t block the employees who will be going home around that time. (We’re checking to see if we can possibly use the fire station parking lot, or Houghton’s across the street. It’s been suggested that everyone bring cards for Gary so he has something to remember us all by. Burdick’s is giving him a gift. Nice.

    Can everyone tell their friends about this goodbye gathering? It would be great to get a nice turnout for him – he deserves it.

    And make some signs to hold, too!


  9. Bevin Mitchell 09/24/2020 at 9:32 PM Reply

    Gary, the bright light in many a gray day – always with a smile and an encouraging word – I will miss him but wish him well! What a wonderful idea to gather for him!


  10. Lucy Weber 09/24/2020 at 10:41 PM Reply

    Gary has always gone the extra mile (pretty much literally) to ensure that the packages get delivered. And for those of us with problematical driveways, that is really, really appreciated. So many of us have relied on him year in and year out, and he has done it all with patience and good humor. We will miss him dreadfully, but wish him all the very best in his retirement.


  11. Helen Washer 09/25/2020 at 5:37 AM Reply

    What a wonderful idea! We’ve only been in Walpole for 2 years, but have become very fond of Gary in that short time. Where is Burdicks factory, for us newbies?


    • Lil 09/25/2020 at 8:57 AM Reply

      The factory is beside the fire station.


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