Long-time USPS employee Rich Geer calls it a career
“It was a fine day,” Rich Geer — that guy at the post office — often responded when asked how his day at work had been.
But on Friday, May 26, Rich officially retired. After over 30 years of service to the United States Postal Service, Rich said that he wasn’t entirely sure what he’d be doing after Friday, but that it would involve a fishing pole for sure.
“It’s time to do something new,” said Rich, who added that, in his mind, the first few months of retirement is about relaxing, kicking back, and finding the next journey. To that end, Rich said, travel is also on his docket.
As to how he’s feeling about his upcoming last day, Rich said that he has “mixed emotions — joy and happiness.” Rarely without a clever quip or a witticism, Rich said that what he’ll miss most about his job is the people. And while reducing the stress of standing in line for customers is important to Rich, he said that the job itself isn’t stressful for him.
“I work with good management and good people, and they really just take the stress out of the job,” said Rich. “Whatever job we do can be stressful. It can be challenging, but it’s our decision” whether or not to let the stress get to us.
Rich said he’s just never chosen to take on the stress.
If the past is any indication of what’s to come, it’s likely that Rich will wind up involved in one cause or another in his retirement. Like his involvement with fundraising for the House of Hope or getting construction going for the General Joseph Warren float in 2008, “when he gets inspired by something get out of his way,” said his wife Dorothy.
In the end, it all comes down to community.
What Rich and Dorothy both love most about Warren is the community. Residents since 2005, when Rich started at the post office, almost immediately becoming an institution, he and Dorothy said their main interest is always helping the community.
If he had a slogan, Rich said, it would be “what you see is what you get.” And what anyone who’s visited the post office on a day Rich is working has seen is that Rich is a joyful, upbeat person who sees the good in everyone. “Every person is special. We all have certain things we do, certain ways we do things. We’re all unique.”
He even laughed as he admitted that his first day at the post office ended with a parking ticket.
The public is invited to an open house celebrating Rich’s retirement on Friday, June 2 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Conewango Club.