After 20 years behind the counter, there isn’t a denying Robert Salazar has put his stamp on the La Conner Put up Workplace.
His fast wit, gregarious spirit and optimistic outlook – traits which have outlined Salazar at the same time as he has handled severe well being points – have endeared him with postal patrons since his arrival right here in 2000.
“So many individuals cease in each day to say howdy to Robert,” La Conner Postmaster Deborah Crump instructed the Weekly Information. “A few of them are individuals who aren’t even coming in to do enterprise.”
Such visits have been extra frequent and heartfelt in current days as Salazar, a do-it-all gross sales affiliate, approaches his Thursday retirement.
One afternoon final week, whereas Salazar briefly stepped into the submit workplace foyer, he was approached by people desperate to share vacation greetings, current him with Christmas playing cards, supply gardening suggestions and alternate nicely needs going ahead.
It has typically been like that for Salazar, who remembered having been thrilled when employed on in La Conner after a 20-year tour with the U.S. Navy, the majority of which was spent at close by NAS-Whidbey.
His each day encounters have sometimes run the gamut from pleasant banter to Salazar delivering cautionary recommendation about risks posed by diabetes,
“The folks have been nice,” Salazar, initially from Denver, Colorado, burdened. “I used to be actually excited to return right here.”
He had instinctively identified it will be a superb match, simply as his expectations for a rewarding first profession within the navy had been realized.
“I knew that after I graduated from highschool that I’d be going into the navy,” recalled Salazar, who skilled as a structural mechanic. “I used to be simply drawn to it.”
Alongside the way in which he additionally mastered the interior workings of customer support, which might develop into Salazar’s forte throughout his time in La Conner.
“Lots of people have are available in and requested if I’m the mayor,” Salazar chuckled. “I inform them, ‘oh, no, I work on the submit workplace full-time.’”
In retirement, past finishing the compulsory Honey-do listing at residence, Salazar nonetheless vows to stay an occasional presence in La Conner, electing to take care of a postal field right here.
“It’s going to give me an excuse to experience my bike up right here,” stated Salazar, who together with his spouse Loretta resides in Stanwood.
Even so, it is not going to be fairly the identical with out Salazar within the constructing each day.
“Robert is unquestionably going to be missed by the group and by this submit workplace,” Crump insisted. “We’ll discover somebody to succeed Robert, however as an individual, there’s no manner we will discover anybody to exchange him.”