Harry Barton, a worker at Knight Lumber in Beverly, Mass., retired last week on his 82nd birthday. It was his second attempt at retirement; the first one, at age 65, lasted less than a day. “I was bored,” Barton recalled.
Barton started at Knight Lumber, which was later purchased by Moynihan Lumber, fresh out of the U.S. Army at age 25. He first worked as a "lumper," unloading lumber from freight cars across the street. He moved up to driving a pickup truck, then a 14-ft. truck, then a trailer truck. Barton was later promoted to yard foreman, then moved inside to work the sales counter. For the last 15 years, Barton was the “shack man” in the entrance to the lumberyard, checking contractors in and out.
Barton said he plans to spend more time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandson. Company owners Gerald, Michael and Jack Moynihan presented Barton with a flat-screen TV as a retirement gift.
"He will be missed by all of us as well as his customer fan base -- many of whom stopped in to say goodbye to him on his special day," said Jack Moynihan.