Postal worker celebrates  70 years of federal service

Wave Staff Report

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Postal Service honored postal clerk Leroy Brown for 70 years of government service with a surprise luncheon Nov. 2 in Carson.

Brown was presented with a letter of achievement and specially made service coin, from the Postmaster General’s office, which features the current Postal Service logo on one side and the Post Office Department (which the Postal Service was called at that time) on the other side. 

Felipe Flores, senior director of division processing operations, also presented Brown with a commemorative coin on behalf of the Western Division Processing Operations team for his excellence in the performance of his duties.

Surrounded by family, friends and his postal family, Brown was surprised and a little overwhelmed but happy for the celebration. 

“It feels really nice to see so many of my friends who have retired and have come to see me today,” Brown said. “They came to celebrate with me, and I thank them for that.”

Nov. 2 marked Brown’s 70th year of federal service, which began with his time in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. After being discharged from the military, Brown entered the Postal Service in late 1955 where he remains as a clerk at the Los Angeles International Service Center in Carson.

At 90, Brown doesn’t have any dates lined up for retirement. When asked what his secret for longevity in life and work was, Brown replied: “Going to work keeps me busy and lively. I like being around the people I work with. I also try to eat good and I walk in and outside of work to try to keep myself active.”