Postal employee marks 50 years on job

Art Doles finds it hard to believe his postal career has lasted 50 years.

“Time goes by quickly when you enjoy what you’re doing,” the Detroit letter carrier said.

During a recent ceremony at Grand Shelby Station, where Doles works, he received a certificate, a 50-year service pin and lots of love from his colleagues.

Acting Detroit Postmaster Don Dombrow Jr. praised Doles’ “great customer service and professional work ethic,” while Henry Marbly, a fellow letter carrier, noted Doles’ legacy includes training many of the station’s employees.

“He trained the carrier who trained me,” Marbly said.

The ceremony also featured plenty of reminiscing — like the fact that the starting pay for postal workers was around $2.60 when Doles began his career in 1969 — as well as the honoree’s praise for his co-workers.

“It’s the people that made this a great job for me,” Doles said.

Doles, an accomplished artist, occasionally painted portraits of his co-workers when he began his career as a clerk.

These days, his paint brushes are often idle.

“When I retire, whenever that will be, I will have more time to paint again,” he said.


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