It is not every day you get a letter from your mailman, but that is exactly what arrived in many Rancho Park residents' mailboxes last week from Bob, our local mail carrier who for practically the last quarter century has dilengently delivered mail to the Rancho Park area south of Pico and west of Westwood Blvds.
"After 24 years of serving you, I will greatly miss you all," writes Bob. "It has been an honor and a pleasure to be your friend and mailman."
Bob is not retiring and fortunately, he is not losing his job. However, according to his letter, Rancho Park has had cut eight of its 30 neighborhood postal routes. This leaves some carriers, like Bob, with different Rancho Park routes and displaces some others from the neighbhorhood entirely.
In related Rancho Park postal news, the station at the Westwide Pavillion is among those being studied for possible closure.
Bob's restructured route has him now delivering mail to the homes and businesses between Westwood Blvd and Overland Avenue. I believe he still keeps Midvale Avenue to the west as well.
I got a chance to speak with him on one of his last days in my yard, and he said that after 25 years in the neighborhood, he will miss the people he serves now and those he got to know over the years who are no longer with us.
"When I started there were a lot of newly retired couples in the area and now many of them have grown older and passed on," he said. "Too many people have died."
It is that kind of personal attention and care for his residents that make Bob such a special mailman.
We will miss you Bob and wish you well on your new route.