Shine on

By Tim Rondeau

It’s not often that we dedicate rooms in our Melrose Street facility, so when we do, it’s special.

On September 12, retiree Shahin “Shine” Sarkisian came back to our Providence office for the dedication of the new Underground Lines room in his name.  Surrounded by employees and friends, both past and present, stories were shared and speeches were given recognizing Shine as a dedicated employee whose hard work and commitment earned this special recognition.

Shine’s sense of humor and sharp wit quickly came through.  As he and his former colleagues swapped stories, they also traded jabs.

Employee Paul Brochu told of his first interactions with Shine as an Underground Supervisor back in March of 1983.  He said “right off the bat, Shine put his arm around me and said ‘I’ll take care of you’,” to which Shine replied “this is going to come as a surprise but I never liked you.” The room erupted in laughter.

Tim Horan expressed his gratitude for Shine as an employee, citing his willingness to teach others and consistently demonstrate company values.

Dan Bunszell, who was also in attendance, thanked Shine for his years of service and awarded him with a plaque commemorating the dedication.

Shine retired in 1996 after 40 years with the company, during which he helped many of the apprentices starting their careers in Underground Lines and was integral in creating the Underground training area at our Millbury Training Academy.  Shine is also a veteran of the United States Navy. He now resides in Coventry with his family.

As the group toured the newly renovated Underground Lines space, one thing was clear: the camaraderie between all of the employees was strong. And on this gloomy September morning, their mutual admiration for one another did shine through.

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