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Retiring custodian honored

May 23, 2012

BRUSH, CO — Head custodian Tarry Cluff arrived in Brush from Los Angeles during the city''s bicentennial in 1976 and quickly became entrenched in his surroundings, according to the Brush News-Tribune.

Cluff, now a resident of Brush for the past 35 years, has been the head custodian at Brush High School (BHS) for the past nine years, the article stated.

According to the article, Cluff, 69, has worked three years past the age of retirement, which he considers an accomplishment considering he was told his hearing problems could qualify him for disability.

"When I first visited the audiologist in Sterling, he explained to me that the stapes bone in my ear had fused," said Cluff.

"After the surgery I underwent put me into the two percent that saw the procedure fail, the doctor offered to help me get on disability, and that was clear back in 1980. Now that I''ve gone three years past retirement with bad hearing, I''m glad to say I never took the easy road," Cluff added.

During his years at BHS, Cluff has been responsible for taking charge of all sorts of events, from setting up the gym for foundation and FFA programs, to memorial services, concerts and graduation ceremonies, the article noted.

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