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Cindy Leonard to retire from post office after 29 years

By Gabriel Blodgett | Mar 19, 2019
Courtesy of: Alane Dostie Cindy Leonard, left, receives a service award certificate from Rockport Postmaster Stephen Culpovich for her 29 years of service

West Rockport — After nearly 30 years working for the Postal Service, Cindy Leonard will retire Friday, March 27. She was presented with a service award certificate of recognition by Rockport Postmaster Stephen Culpovich March 19.

Leonard began her career as a mail carrier in Rockland in 1989, but when the opportunity to become a clerk arose, she decided to move to the Rockport Post Office. She remained in the position for 20 years before transferring to the small West Rockport office in 2014 where she has worked for the last five years.

Although Leonard was reluctant to discuss her retirement, believing her job to be "a career like any other career," her coworkers describe her as very deserving of special recognition.

Alane Dostie, a clerk at the Rockport office, who worked with Leonard for 22 years, was eloquent in her praise, calling Leonard "an amazing coworker who really enjoyed people," and adding, "We're going to miss her very much." Dostie also said, "If the Postal Service had a contest for the fastest mail sorter with no errors, Cindy would win it, hands down."

One of Leonard's favorite parts of the job was the social aspect of being a clerk and the friendships she made, both within the Postal Service and in the communities she served. She said she was lucky to work with a number of great people and enjoyed following families as their kids grew from birth to attending college.

Leonard's grandfather worked for the Postal Service for 45 years on the mail train from Rockland to Portland, and she remembers meeting the train on Christmas Eve as a special ritual and an important factor in her decision to pursue a career with the Postal Service. She recalled the feeling of having something in common with her grandfather as one of the reasons she was so happy when she passed her first test to become a mail carrier. Her daughter, Lauren Moore, now carries on the family tradition working for the post office in Rockland.

Although Leonard does not yet have any grand plans for retirement, after 30 years of working a job that is all about timing, she said is very much looking forward to not looking at a clock.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Debra Damon | Mar 20, 2019 16:03

Cindy you so deserve the award and the praise. You were one of a kind when we worked together many moons ago, and we are still friends. Love you and hope you have fun in retirement.


Posted by: Cynthia Mary Anderson | Mar 20, 2019 11:50

Congratulations, Cindy!  One of the sweetest people I know, and she's always been that way!!  Enjoy your retirement, Cindy!


Posted by: Linda Falkenmeyer | Mar 19, 2019 19:24

Congrats Cindy from Bill ad I

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