Mike Tobin has been a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 43 years, the last 24 of which he has been delivering mail to residents of Arlington’s Kelwyn Manor neighborhood.
On Friday, Tobin, an Arlington native who now lives in Lowell, made his last run as he heads into retirement.
Without him knowing, word had spread about his last day. Residents met him at the door to thank him. The neighborhood association hung a banner across the street, which was signed with messages wishing Tobin a fond farewell.
“It’s overwhelming,” Tobin, 62, said Friday afternoon while delivering mail on Princeton Road. “This neighborhood’s one big family. I’ve seen all kinds of changes, births and deaths.”
Residents on Tobin’s route are also throwing him a luncheon today.
Tobin, who has delivered mail in rain, snow and sleet, said he eventually plans to move to Phoenix, where he already has a place.