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MacGray Headed South

by Bobby Blair
November 17, 2012

Joan MacGray's service to the town started when the post office was still located across from her work place ...

When Joan MacGray began working at the Central Fire Station in the early 1960's, she was able to walk to work from her 76 Winthrop Street home. Taking a night shift ensured MacGray that she would be home during the day for us kids according to Andy MacGray now a Holliston Police Officer. On Friday at 3 p.m. Joan MacGray would become a member of the last punch bunch ending a career of 48 years as head dispatcher and office manager at the Holliston Fire Department.

The communications line to the department was alive with well wishes to MacGray Friday afternoon. Some sent flowers while other stopped in personally. Retired Police Sgt. David Swinimer stopped by to wish MacGray good luck, as did Phil Robshaw above who himself is the second longest serving member of the department. As for MacGray's plans in retirement -- she's off to Largo, Florida, to live come December 2nd. What will the Chief and Andy do now for supper on Thursday nights?


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Comments (8)

"745 to Bud or Ray"

- Ed | 11/20/12 8:44 PM

You will be missed Joan!

- James Read | 11/19/12 8:05 PM

Congratulations Joan! You have given your whole life to the HFD and you will be missed. Stay healthy and God Bless you and your family. Xoxo

- Sue Bowles | 11/19/12 4:38 PM

Joan- Thank you for your 48 years at the HFD !!! Enjoy your well deserved retirement !!!!! Brett

- Brett Morrison | 11/19/12 1:54 PM

Congratulations Joan. You were and are a great asset to the HFD. I remember you were with me on my first ambulance run in 1984. I miss those "good old days" best of luck!

- Paul Guidi | 11/19/12 8:46 AM

You lived two doors down from us on Winthrop St. and I remember, when your kids were small, once in awhile I would babysit for you and, long time ago. Good memories. Good luck Joan...enjoy your retirement. You've earned it.

- Shirley (Hamlet) Chipman | 11/19/12 7:43 AM

Beautiful Joan, Thank you for all the love you have given our little town! Your work made a difference in people's lives. Great big hugs, Mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :)

- Maria Salomao-Schmidt | 11/19/12 5:54 AM

Possibly the most pleasant person I have ever met. A real "Lady". Good luck.

- Gary D'Alessandro | 11/19/12 4:41 AM



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