Postman Kenny Patchell delivered the mail to the east side of Milford for the last time Saturday, Jan. 30. Patchell, who has delivered the mail on the same route for 32 years, retired on Jan. 30.
Milford Mayor Amy Brewer was at the U.S. Post Office at Castleberry Court on Tuesday, Feb. 2 to read a proclamation.
“We want to wish you well in your retirement,” said Brewer. “For your dedication and years of service to the community. The City of Milford proclaims Feb. 2, 2010 as Kenny Patchell Day.”
After the presentation, his co-workers offered some parting words and postmaster Dan Royal commented that "he is like a living legend around here. It has been a pleaseure to work with a man of his caliber."
Patchell was presented with a Kroger bag full of food by co-workers who told him that he will be missed on that one day a year when they collect food during their routes. He was also reminded that he had set a good example for the younger employees and would be missed.
Brewer asked him what he was going to do for exercise since he won't be walking all day.
"My wife is going to keep me busy," said Patchell.
Patchell and his wife, Betty, live on a farm in Batavia and he says he has plenty to keep him busy during retirement.
"I just want to thank everybody for everything," said Patchell. "It's good to see some of my old buddies here today. I talked about retirement for two years before it happened and the time flew by. Let me just say to anybody who is ready to retire, I highly recommend it."