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The Port post office has mobilized its support for the family of career postman, Roger Kruk who served the Port community for over 25 years. Kruk passed away last December and the staff at the post office decided to honor the memory of this well liked fellow employee by helping his son, Matthew, who will compete in a walk-a-thon to raise money for his high school, Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens. The student raising the most money in cash, checks and pledges will receive a year's free tuition, which is valued at about $6,000.

All letter carriers, as well as friends, standing (l. to r.) Gary Michelson, Bill Malyakis, Roger Kruk, Mike Mahoney; kneeling (l. to r.) John Golden and Burt Lewis.

Supervisor of customer services at Port's post office, David Friedman had high praise for this career postman and spoke with pride of the Port community's expressions of condolences through letters and phone calls on Kruk's passing. Most of Kruk's co-workers traveled to his funeral services in Maspeth, Queens. Friedman described Kruk as a solidly dependable man who 'did his job day in and day out.'

Roger Kruk began his career as one of Port's letter carriers 25 years ago and, while he worked virtually every route, was best known for his service to the businesses on Main St, known in postal parlance as route #24. Kruk often spoke at home of the evolution of life and business in Port. His wife of over 25 years described the business community of Port as part of their extended family and expressed her appreciation for the many kindnesses shown by Port residents and Main Streeters. Kruk enjoyed a special rapport with Port's elderly.

Kruk's son, Matthew, a freshman at Molloy, will compete in the Walk-a-thon on Friday, Oct. 22. The walk will be held on a 10-kilometer route on Queens Boulevard and is expected to take about three hours. Contributions can be made in several ways. Pledges may be made for a set amount for each kilometer walked; each student's participation card will be validated and the person making the pledge notified of the distance covered and the amount to be contributed. A second, simpler method involves just making a flat rate single payment in the student's name.

To expedite donations, Port businesses and residents can make their donations and pledges to their local postman who will deposit them with Supervisor Friedman at the Port post office. Checks should be made out to Archbishop Molloy High School. All donations and pledges must be received at the Port post office no later than close of business, Monday, Oct. 18. Those wishing to donate at the post office may do so by going to the office of Supervisor Friedman.


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