Marty Donnelly has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 46 years, including 21 as the postmaster at the Main Street post office branch in Setauket. According to a report published Thursday in The Village Times Herald, Donnelly, 65, will retire on Feb. 1.
In an interview with the newspaper, Timothy Glynn, trustee of the Frank Melville Memorial Foundation, called Donnelly "the genuine article — a man who'd do anything for anyone but doesn't want anyone to know it."
Donnelly and his wife raised three children and two orphans in Setauket.
"Deep down, he has a heart of gold and loves 'his' post office and its people," Glynn told The Village Times Herald.
In 2012, when the U.S. Postal Service had named the Main Street post office among those slated for possible closure, the community rallied around the post office and its primary employee, Donnelly.
"In the other office, they have customers," he told Patch in January of 2012. "In my office we have friends."
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