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Happy Retirement, Ed!

October 12, 2023
Heather Hill would like to share a very special story about one of our staff members that Metzenbaum Center has so graciously put together. Ed is a part of our Dietary Team and can always be found with a big smile on his face and kind words to say. He is always helping ensure our residents receive warm and nutritious meals. Learn more about Ed's life below!

**The following is from the Metzenbaum Center.

Ed has a long history of employment in the restaurant business. In fact, his very first job was at the Townhouse Restaurant when he was in high school. Since then, Ed just wanted to stay working. "No matter what company I have worked for, I have always loved being in the kitchen," Ed said. "I always have a positive attitude. I have respect in the kitchen, and I always respect other people. In the kitchen, I know what jobs need to get done and I know how to do them. I know the timelines of when things need to be prepped or finished. I don't need supervision because I'm knowledgeable, I keep busy, and I work hard. I stick to a schedule throughout the day, even planned times to drink water. I did go to college for a year and I tried trade school, but I preferred to stay working. I have worked for at least six different places that I can remember. All the positions have been in the kitchen.

One of my proudest moments was when I was voted employee of the month at Heartland. That made me feel really good because I worked hard. A favorite memory of mine is when I was Santa one year at Christmas. I had grown a beard and the retirement home I was working for at the time had me go around and visit the residents and sing Christmas songs with them. That was a lot of fun. Throughout my life, volunteering through Catholic entities has been a big part of what I like to do, since I was born and raised Catholic. I am part of the Holy Name Society, and like my father before me, was voted Man Of The Year. In the past, most Friday nights when I got home from work I would volunteer at a Catholic parish to support their BINGO or fundraisers.

Every summer, I would work at their carnival. I have also volunteered at the VA hospital in Brecksville. Now, I just want to enjoy life. I am planning on retiring in November. I have been working in Senior Health Care for over 30 years, most recently at Heather Hill. I am ready to retire. I love my family and I would like to spend more time with them. I used to babysit my four nieces at one time or another and I want to see their kids grow up.

When I retire, I look forward to going to fire conventions and the Fire Flea Market in Cleveland. I have a lifetime membership to the Cleveland Fire Museum, so you'll probably see me there. I collect model firetrucks, fire station patches, and other fire memorabilia. I have over 150 model fire trucks and over 150 fire station patches. Some are currently on loan and displayed at the Fire Museum in Cleveland. The oldest model fire truck in my collection is from 1939. I have some historic fire station journals, one dating back to the Civil War era. I even have a patch in memory of FDNY. I've enjoyed working most of my life, now I'm ready to enjoy being retired and relaxing."

Ed will begin a new chapter in November. The team at Heather Hill wishes him farewell and good luck on his new journey in retirement! We are so grateful for the years he has served in our facility. We'll miss you, Ed!

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