Cedar Fairmount's A.T. Wilson is nation's longest-serving letter carrier
At the age of 80, Cedar Fairmount letter carrier Alfonzo (A.T. “Teddy”) Wilson is the longest-serving active letter carrier in the United States
On Nov. 17, the U.S. Postal Service honored him at a special ceremony, presenting him with a 60-year service pin and a table clock inscribed, “Thank You for Your 60 Years of Service.” His fellow workers held a buffet lunch and reception for him.
Current and former postal employees were among the more than 200 people who attended the ceremony in Wilson’s honor. Asked by Les Wolf, his current manager, how many managers he has had, Wilson replied, “I don’t know, but now you are number one.”
Cedar Fairmount customers value Wilson’s tireless effort, his attention to detail (no one gets the wrong mail), and cheerfulness.
Wilson has delivered mail in Cleveland Heights since 1980, but has a much longer history with the postal service. He began working as a mail sorter at the age of 18, after graduating from high school, and has delivered mail in Shaker Heights, Bratenahl and Cleveland Heights.
Offered management positions, Wilson has always refused, saying he did not want to be involved with the politics that come into play as a manager.
Kaye Lowe is the director of the Cedar Fairmount Special Improvement District.