Town pays tribute to retiring arena worker

 

 

Jeff Long (centre) was honoured by the town upon his retirement after 38 years of services. Manager of human resources Michelle Rose and union representative B.J. Wilder helped pay tribute to Long.

Jeff Long (centre) was honoured by the town upon his retirement after 38 years of services. Manager of human resources Michelle Rose and union representative B.J. Wilder helped pay tribute to Long.

By RTT Staff

 

The town has paid tribute to one its long-time employees on the occasion of his retirement.

Jeff Long, who worked at the Libro Centre, was honoured by the town at the March 3 council meeting on the occasion of his retirement after 38 years of service. Manager of human resources Michelle Rose pointed out that Long’s involvement actually was longer than 38 years as, in 1970, Long initially showed interest in working as arena staff when the AMA Arena on Victoria St. S. was built.

After being introduced to then-arena manager Bruno Casanova, Long was brought aboard and became a full-time employee in 1976.

“It’s pretty neat that Jeff has been part of arena buildings since their inception in Amherstburg,” said Rose.

B.J. Wilder, representing unionized workers, thanked Long for his years of service to the town, adding that long has “put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces.”

Mayor Wayne Hurst joked that Long, a standout baseball player, could hit the ball so far that it took outfielders 30 minutes before they came back with the ball. Hurst added that Long has seen a lot of changes in his 38 years and “certainly we wish him all the best.”

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