Thursday, December 22, 2016

• Post Office Dave Retires

After 27 years at the Wildomar post office, and more than 30 years total for the USPS, David Burgess is hanging up his his postage meter and heading to new pastures. Montana is what I'd heard.
David Burgess at his familiar spot behind the counter.

What makes Dave special is his unquenchable cheerful disposition. 

Let's be real for a minute, many postal workers (especially those behind the counter) typically are tied with DMV workers for most surly and self important out there.

But not David Burgess. 

With much fanfare, literally —on a vuvuzela no less, a scroll was unfurled and read to a small crowd that included a representative from Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez's office, city councilmember Marsha Swanson, EVMWD board member George Cambero, and number of his friends and colleagues.
Post Office Dave looking on in with a mixture of amusement and disbelief.

It started off with, "Hear Ye, Hear Ye..." and went on for about 2 minutes. It was followed up by a rousing chorus of For He's A Jolly Good Fellow.
Twelve year resident Nancy Crawford, and number one Post Office Dave Fan, holds the scroll as Dave looks on. The lad in the picture is Dave's son.

He made no speeches, but he did repeat, "Thank you" more than once.

I'm guessing that he's one of the most known people in town, even if not by name. 

If you have a chance to mail a letter tomorrow (Friday December 23rd) why not take the few extra moments to do it in person and wish him a happy retirement while you're at it.
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“All of life is action and passion, and not to be involved in the actions and passions of your time is to risk having not really lived at all.” 

— Herodotus, 484 BC-425 BC

Wildomar Rap has gone to Dave's counter many times over the years, but not nearly as many as Mrs. W'Rap has. More than once I tried to repurpose an AVON box to send something, and more than once he told me how much the post office hated those boxes

Ah, such good times. :) 
Happy Retirement Post Office Dave.


  1. Dropped in and said good bye to Dave yesterday. He will be missed. But he does deserve this retirement. Best of wishes to you Dave.

  2. Remember when Dave started, the P.O was on the corner of Central/Palomar.


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