Community Surprises Retiring School Employee

KENDALL, NY - One school district wanted to make sure a long-serving custodian went out in style Friday. So, the district celebrated his retirement, by throwing him a surprise parade.

For the past 50 years, Bruce Marshall has been a member of Kendall Elementary School, first as a student and then as an employee. Marshall was an employee at the school for 40 years.

Kendall is in Orleans County, near Rochester.

And just as the school day and Marshall's career at the school ended, Marshall was greeted with a surprise parade.

He got a guitar because he's a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen. Hundreds of students were there. As well as some teachers formerly of Kendall Elementary. Marshall got dozens of cards congratulating him. He was also showered with confetti in the parade.

"Great friends, over the years for many, many years this is the last day and the kids make it, it's just been great, I couldn't ask for anything better in my lifetime to be in my hometown, my home school, my whole life," Marshall said.

That surprise parade was just part of a day-long celebration of Marshall's service to the school district and community. A breakfast and afternoon BBQ lunch were also held for him. The school principal says that Marshall watched over students, as if they were his family.

Marshall was born and raised in Kendall and graduated from Kendall High.

He started working in the maintenance department in the late 1970's.

As for what he's going to do next -- he's going to a few Bruce Springsteen concerts.


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