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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 5:00 am

Sorting the mail might sound like a mundane activity for some, but Bruce Graham has made a living out of it. Graham is retiring on Friday after 32 years of working for the United States Postal Service, 22 of which were spent in Titusville.

“I intend to play a little more golf now,” Graham joked. “I’ll do some fishing, too. My wife and I have bikes and have already been hitting the trails this spring.”

Graham said he began his career as a mail carrier in Mishawaka, Indiana after a friend told him about the job. Born and raised in the Franklin and Townville areas, he longed to go back home and work closer to where his family lived.

“My parents still lived in the area then, so I took the first job that was available in northwest Pennsylvania,” Graham said. “I transferred to Edinboro, and 10 weeks later I transferred in to Titusville in January of 1997.”

Graham carried for a year in Titusville before working the rest of his time as a mail clerk sorting incoming letters and packages. During his time as a carrier, he said that the hill on Perry Street would get brutally hot in the summer months, and that climbing up it was always a real challenge.

Still, Graham said he preferred delivering in the summer as opposed to the blistering winters in this area of the state.

“There were times that the condensation from my breath would build up and form little balls of ice on my eyelashes,” Graham said. “My eyes would literally freeze shut. I would have to squint my eyelids really hard until I could open my eyes fully again.”

Graham spent the rest of his time in Titusville working as a clerk. He said that his shift ran from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday through Friday.

“The toughest part was always falling asleep at night,” Graham said. “I was pretty good everyday waking up at 2 o’clock (2 a.m.) after I had a cup of coffee. I always tried to look on the upside. Once I got out of work, the rest of the day was mine.”

Graham said he will miss the camaraderie and interpersonal relationships that he developed over the years with local business owners. He said that while many people have come and gone, the Titusville office has always been filled by a special group of workers.

“I’ll definitely miss all the people I got to see everyday who I built a rapport with over the years,” Graham said. “Working for the post office, you don’t always receive positive feedback from people, but I always tried to not let that bother me. I have a strong faith in Jesus Christ, and my mantra has always been to treat others well, not because of who they are, but because of who I am.”

Graham’s wife, Gail, worked as a bank teller in Titusville for 40 years. He said that he is mostly looking forward to doing fun activities and traveling with her now that they will both be retired.

Zook can be reached, by email, at news@titusvilleherald.com.

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