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Janitor hanging up his mop after 53 years

June 03, 2010
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CANTON, NY — Carl E. Hull has been taking care of buildings at St. Lawrence University (SLU) for the past 53 years. Last Friday, the 75-year-old turned in the janitorial keys he''s carried for more than five decades working as a custodian on a campus that''s expanded to more than 60 buildings, according to Watertown Daily Times.
The life-long Russell resident is believed to hold the record for being the longest-serving employee at SLU, according to university officials.
"I started May 22, 1957, and I''ve been here ever since," Hull said. "Finally, I just made up my mind that this was going to be it. It''s not that I can''t work any longer, I just want to get out and enjoy the rest of my life."
On his last day, his co-workers from the facilities department surprised him with a pizza party at Appleton Arena, the article noted.
Prior to SLU, Mr. Hull was employed by a contracting company that helped build the Iroquois Dam for the St. Lawrence Seaway project, the article stated.
According to the article, in retirement, Mr. Hull plans to work on his property, where he grows apples, grapes, raspberries and blueberries. He and his wife also maintain a vegetable garden.
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