UPS driver from Woodbridge celebrates 50 years of work

WOODBRIGE, Conn. (WTNH) — A UPS driver from Woodbrige is celebrating a big milestone.

Walter Beasley started on the job 50 years ago this month and he’s proud of his service.

“My very first day was Oct. 4, 1967. I said if I am accepted at UPS I will do my very best,” he stated.

He said he initially was unsure if the work was right for him, but something inspired him to give it a shot.

“…Something inside me because it was during the Martin Luther King not many Afro-Americans had a good job working at UPS,” Beasley said. “Something inside of me says, ‘look, you don’t see many of your brothers here but you gotta do your very, very best.”

50 years later, and Beasley is still going strong making deliveries across the state. But even after five decades of work, Beasley still has people he looks up to.

“Marty Peters is my idol,” he stated. “Marty Peters, an honor. Detroit, Michigan, 87-years-old. Retired after 63 years at UPS!”

For Beasley, he’s approaching that number by taking things slowly and enjoying his work.

“Take one day at a time and every day I come into work I say, “oh wow, just another day in paradise!”

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