Long ca­reer in post of­fice comes to end

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.

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