“A U.S. Postal Service employee was honored Tuesday night for 55 years of service.
Marvin Raphael started his career in 1964. Stamps cost just five cents at the time, and employees earned about $2.25 per hour.
He started as a distribution clerk, and was later promoted to review clerk.
During his night shift Tuesday, coworkers honored Raphael’s decades of work.
“When I first came to the post office, I wasn’t sure how long I’d stay, but as I got acclimated to it, I decided to stay longer,” Raphael said, reflecting on his career.
His coworkers are thankful for everything he’s done.
“It’s just great to have someone to share with the different generations that are here,” said Jean Lovejoy, USPS District Manager for Western New York. “He’s just done a great job here for the organization.”
“I think it’s amazing,” said coworker John Wilson. “He’s quite a guy.”
“He really is the backbone of this building,” said Joseph Capizzi, manager of distribution operations, “and we appreciate everything he does here.”
Raphael says his favorite thing about the job is when he gets handed a challenge – like trying to find an address or a name.
“I still have my days, like we all do,” he said, “but try not to get yourself all nerved up in life.”
As part of marking the milestone, the USPS gave Raphael a letter from the postmaster general special commemorative coin.”