Ever since he announced his intention to retire a few months ago, customers along Carl Mitchell’s mail route have been celebrating their beloved mail carrier. Mitchell has served the North Larchmont route and surrounding streets since 1980, according to a recent story in the Larchmont Chronicle honoring Mitchell. He started at the US Post office in 1975, as a temporary employee sorting holiday mail. Folks at the post office liked him, and Mitchell was hired as a full-time employee on July 7, 1977 – so it’s fitting that July 3, 2019 was Carl’s last official day.
While we didn’t get to spent as much time with Carl as our other neighbors along his route, we certainly got to see how much Carl is loved when we attended two of his retirement parties. We hope the photos give some sense of Carl’s perennially smiling nature. Carl promised to come by and visit the neighborhood. We might even see him on the small screen, too, as there’s a rumor that Carl was invited to a casting call for a television show looking for a mailman! We hope that Nick Shriner, actor and waiter at Café Gratitude, who is working a video of all the festivities, will share that with us so we can share it with you too!
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.