LANSING, Ill. (December 16, 2017) – Tony is famous to a specific section of Lansing—his postal route. He’s famous not just because of his reliable efficiency and friendly nature, but also because every year around Christmas he dresses up as Santa when he delivers the mail.
On Saturday the Lansing residents on Tony’s route received a special card in their mailboxes—
It was a classy goodbye, delivered in true Tony fashion.
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We had the delight of having Tony as our mail carrier. Tony was always full of joy and life, always wearing a smile and warm greeting. Often wearing shorts on the cooler days and dressing up for the different holiday celebrations. I will miss him. Tony may the next season of your life be filled with joy and purpose, you have so much love to give. We will miss you. God bless you my friend.
The Brobst Family on Ridgewood.
All the best of luck, Tony. Congratulations on your retirement. We enjoyed your service for so many years on Burnham Avenue.
Bob & Jean Wood
Tony was one of the very best!! Hope he has a wonderful new journey! Meery Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
The Waitekus Family
Tony, while working at Armandos, we always look forward to seeing your smiling face and cheerful mail delivery. Your Christmas spirit always brought much joy to us as well. Good luck in your retirement and whatever you choose to do. Just remember you brought joy to a lot of people, not only the mail.
God bless you Tony in your retirement! It was such a blessing to get to know you over the years! You are someone my kids will always remember, since you taught them that bottled water was not necessary, and drinking straight from the garden hose was the cool thing to do! 😉 We will miss seeing you around town, and hearing all about your growing family. You have blessed so many with your smile, your laugh, and so much more. We will miss you. Enjoy your retirement, your grand kids, and maybe a little golf! – the Meloys
Tony, even though you’ve been our mailman for just over a year, we have come to love you. You are truly a bright ray of sunshine and one of the most compassionate, caring persons I’ve ever known. You may be retiring from the USPS but with all the energy you have I know you will not be sitting on your sofa. I think it’s safe to bet you will be helping anyone who needs help and providing service to all you know and are yet to meet. Happy retirement our friend. We will miss seeing your smiling face. God Bless You.
Dennis and Jeanne Spivey
Tony, we have been blessed by having you deliver our mail for the last 24 Year’s. You have served the US PS and your route people very well. Always entertaining, always funny, but also very conscientious of all my packages that you deliver and put in a safe place for me. I’m not going to mention how you bust my chops about my online shopping. Will keep those comments just between you and I.
Thank you for serving all of us tell me you are genuinely a really good person. We wish you the best in the next step of your life.
Tony, while you never delivered my mail, you did deliver volumes of memorable moments as neighbors.
Many blessings in this new phase of your life.
The costume suggests perhaps “a Bad Santa” routine for your last day?
Pat & Jim
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