Long career in post office comes to end
After 41 years of working in the PostShop, Tokoroa man Kevin Edgeler has cleared the loading bay for the final time after retiring last Friday.
The 61 year old began his career in August, 1970 working as a postie in Timaru.
‘‘The area that I did had houses on one side of the street and sheep paddocks on the other side . . . That run there was 12 miles,’’ he said.
He then received a promotion to Upper Hutt where he worked for 12 months.
‘‘ In 1971, I got a promotional transfer to Upper Hutt and in May 1979 I came to Tokoroa.’’
Kevin began each working day at 6am and worked six days a week. Some of his jobs included clearing the loading bay each morning and sifting through the mail.
‘‘I am admittedly only 61, the old body is starting to creek a little bit and it is getting up at 5am six days a week – I have had enough of that.
‘‘The staff that I’m (was) working with are (were) very good . . . It was a very good secure job. The company has been very good to us.’’
Kevin said he would enjoy doing the simpler things in life.
‘‘The first thing I am going to do is go and see our grandchildren. I would also like to get back into indoor bowls. I was hoping to do outdoor bowls but I don’t think my back would stand it. ’’
FINAL POST: Tokoroa PostShop’s Kevin Edgeler had his final day in the post room last Friday after 41 years in the profession.