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Auto parts clerk retires after over 50 years filling orders
2012-07-28 19:25:53

working behind the counter in the auto parts department at two Miami County Ford dealerships, Ed Fries of Piqua is retired, or is he?

Friday was Ed's 80th birthday, and he also retired from Troy Ford on Friday......will he stay retired? The bets are on. Ed retired from that "parts" job 15 years ago at age 65 from Troy Ford, and soon returned to his old job. He spend 31 years at Troy Ford and 23 years at the former Hardenbrook Ford agency in downtown Piqua.

Among the retirement gifts was a frame personal letter from Bill Ford, Jr. the great-grandson of Henry Ford thanking Ed for his years of dedicated service to Ford. Bill Ford  currently services as Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Co.

By the way a car battery sold for $14.95, said Ed, when he first started in the parts department in 1958. Today, said Fries, "that same battery today is $109.oo."


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