Truro man retires from position his father once held
TRURO - If there's one thing Peter Crawford learned from his father during work, it wasn't patience.
© Raissa Tetanish - Truro Daily News
Peter Crawford stands outside the Stanfield's office at the bottom of Logan Street. After more than 40 years, Crawford will spend his last day at work today. Both his father and grandfather had worked for the business.
Crawford spent his last day on the job at Stanfield's on Tuesday as the warehouse foreman, a position his father also once held.
"It was tough," he said about working for his father. "It was like working with ‘daddy's boy,' but once they all got to know me, it was no problem."
With his father having a military background, Crawford said he took that with him to the office.
"He was very conscientious about people's feelings, and good at keeping tidy," he said. "He was structured to keep neat and orderly, so that's one thing I did learn from him."
Crawford joined the workforce at Stanfield's when he was in his late teens, more than 43 years ago. He's spent the past 40 straight years, as well as an additional two straight months, working fulltime.
"It's the people you miss the most," said Crawford, who turns 62 on July 9. "Plus, the routine of getting up early in the morning to go to work. But now I won't have to."
Over the years, Crawford worked his way up in the business, starting as a stock boy picker.
One of the biggest things he'll take with him when he leaves is the changes he's seen.
"The changes I saw were just phenomenal. Now when we're shipping stuff out, things are more organized and sorted for our carriers," he said. "When I first started, we would put items in what was called the shed to ship, and we'd have to sort them all out by putting them on a trailer. Compared to now, that was so archaic. Now, they're loaded onto pallets and a skid. It's so much easier. We now use scanners to scan everything into the system and can do the whole purchase order at the same time."
Years ago, he said, shipping labels were all done by hand, and a wheeler was used to take items to the shipping area.
"Before we had the roller line, or conveyer, we'd have to holler for the wheeler," he said. "With the conveyer, we've omitted the wheelers.
"The biggest things I've noticed are things like that."
When he first started at the business, Crawford really didn't expect to be there for 40 plus years, but it sort of did run in his family.
Before his father, Crawford's grandfather also held a position of designer for 10 years. He left in 1946 or 1947, which is when Crawford's father started.
"When I first started, I thought I would come back here until I found something else," he said, adding he worked for about a year before heading off to university. University lasted only six months before Crawford returned to Stanfield's.
"You never think when you start that you're going to be there for very long. It's always a joke that when you're here for five years, you're a lifer. When you start, you're replacing some of the senior group, and then you become the senior group."
As a thank you to his dedication, Crawford was given a surprise party last week where he said upwards of 50 people attended.
"Some I had worked with my whole life," he said. "It was very nice of them to do that. It was really nice."
During his retirement, Crawford plans on spending time with his family, including three children and six grandchildren. He has a cottage in Brule where he will spend some time, and his brother-in-law also has a camp in Mount Thom.