Here is a part of Les' "speech"
To my UPS family: Here we are once again gathered in Jim’s mechanic bay to say our good-byes to some schmuck that’s leaving this place. But today it’s different because it’s me. I have often envisioned what it would be like to say good bye to this place but I had no idea it would happen like this under these circumstances….let alone having some tall bald Norwegian having to read it for me. But God had a different plan, and that’s okay.
It’s really too bad that I am finishing right now because I think that in about a week, week and a half, Doug & Robert are going to have EDD figured out and dialed in!! They are sooo close. EDD wouldn’t be so bad except that when Johnson was here and they launched EDD,he tried to reinvent the wheel and screwed with all the routes. Oh and good luck with whoever gets my route on that new time study they promised years ago. 18 ½ years and never bonused. Did a couple other routes, bonused on them, but never on my own route. Strange?As many of you know, I have done several different jobs in my life. When we decided to move to the Pacific Northwest over 21 years ago and pursue a job at UPS, that was one of the best decisions of my life. Even though there are at times tension between the Union and management, the hours are long, and the work can be hard, it’s still a great job. Don’t take it for granted!! I know we all grumble and complain from time to time, but UPS is still a great place to work. As drivers, we are all proud to wear brown. I know I was.
I want to thank Robert and Rick for being so understanding and making adjustments for me recently (and not throwing me under the bus). Gunnar has gone above and beyond in trying to help me out the past few months. I will not forget these kind gestures. I want to thank ALL of you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers. Remember that I live in Lynden and that is just a half a nine iron away. Stop in some time for a cup of coffee and a visit, but don’t be surprised if I AM sitting around clipping coupons. Fixed income you know!
Lastly, I am okay and I will be okay. I could not walk this road without my faith in Jesus Christ, my family and friends, church community and all of you guys and gals right here. You’re a big part of my life.
Thanks for the memories!! Les
As his wife, I would like to say how proud I am of him. He worked hard to support his family. He rarely complained about the long hours. As a driver friend texted this evening "the great turnout this morning is a real testimony to the man, friend, father, husband and employee you are" AMEN. I love this man.