By no fault of his own, Ron Allen was behind on his Washington Township route on Monday.
Word spread throughout neighborhood over the weekend that the longtime mail carrier would be retiring, so each resident planned a special goodbye -- complete with balloons, cards and even tears.
"He took the time to get to know the families on his route," said Jeanette McCullough, who presented Allen with balloons and a card.
"He’s watched us grow up, get married, have children, passing of parents and love ones. He became our friend, not just our mailman."
Back in his early years, Allen would make a point to a chat with McCullough's newly-retired parents -- brightening their days with a quick conversation.
One neighbor made customized door hangers honoring Ron for the entire block to hang on Monday (see photo).
Ron is truly the kind of person that makes this a small town.
"He genuinely cares about people," McCullough said. "If he sees you, he waves, even if he's in a hurry. He is so kind to everyone and is a great listener.
"Unfortunately the next postal carrier will have large shoes to fill."
Citing this Daily Voice story, Mayor Peter Calamari it's people like Allen who make him feel honored to represent Washington Township.
"This article is a testament to the impact he had on our residents," the mayor said.
"Ron is truly the kind of person that makes this a small town.
"When Ron announced his upcoming retirement he left a note to families along his route that included a photo of him and his family. Ron shared that he considered everyone he’s gotten to know in town his family too.
"Thank you to all who made his final day on the job something he will always cherish."
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