Custodian receives a grand farewell
September 30, 2009
TORONTO, ON, Canada — Yesterday, more than 250 George Vanier Secondary School students lined the hallway shortly before lunch to bid farewell to the retiring school custodian, according to the Chatham Daily News.
Leandre Quirion, who has been tasked with keeping the school clean, safe and healthy for the past 23 years, hugged and shook hands with grateful students and staff with tears in his eyes, the story stated.
Quirion said: "It''s my second home. I''m going to miss the students and staff. They have all been very kind to me over the years."
According to the story, Quirion, whose retirement plans include volunteering for various local agencies, spending time with his 17 grandchildren, golfing and travelling, was always first to volunteer at special school functions.
Not only did Quirion keep one of the cleanest schools in the area, but he was always willing to lend a sympathetic ear or provide advice to students, the story noted.
Students presented Quirion with a token of their appreciation for his many dedicated years: A carpenter''s belt complete with a hammer and pair of work gloves, the story added.
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