Greenmount Cemetery employee celebrated for 60 years of service
Ron King was 17 years old when his mother found him a job at the local cemetery. Sixty years later, King still works 40-hour weeks at Greenmount Cemetery and Cremation Garden along Carlisle Street in York.
"When I started here it was 1957," King recalled. "My father pulled me out of school at 16 (and) my mom got my job for me," he said, laughing.
Since then King has done pretty much every job at the cemetery.
One moment he'd be climbing 20-foot ladders to trim trees, the next he'd be slipping into a blazer to meet with clients to sell them plots. While King worked through ownership and management changes, his job didn't change very much.
Now, at age 77, King says he's limited in what he does.
"They don't let me climb trees anymore," he said. "Matter of fact, they won't even let me run a chainsaw anymore."
But King doesn't let the strain of 60 years of physical labor keep him from the cemetery.
"I love this cemetery, this is my cemetery," King says.
In celebration of his 60 years of service, the staff of Greenmount Cemetery and parent company Prospect Hill Cemetery recently threw King a party.
"It went over a lot better than I thought," he said. "The company all showed up, all the workers. And some people from where I grew up down on Loucks Mill Road. I haven't seen them in over 50 years. It was really nice."