Happy Retirement, Gary Meyer!

Happy Retirement, Gary Meyer!

On May 31st, South Main Repair said goodbye to Gary Meyer, a loyal mechanic who dedicated over 28 years to the company. Gary’s retirement is perfectly timed to spend the summer on Winsted’s Highland Lake with his wife, who is also retired. They have two daughters who live locally with their families – including five grandchildren, all under the age of 10.

two daughters, and five grandchildren, all under ten years old. His retirement plan includes a fun-filled summer with water skiing, swimming, boating, and enjoying life to the fullest.

Gary’s journey with O&G began with a relentless pursuit of a mechanic’s job. For three years, he would call Jim Zambero every Monday, expressing his interest in a mechanic position with the company. Finally, in 1996, his determination paid off, and he landed his dream job. Gary was grateful to be part of O&G, a company that offered more than just a salary and benefits – it fosters a family-like environment. He always felt valued, respected, and supported by his colleagues, management, and owners, particularly during a health battle. The Oneglia family and his managers stood by him, ensuring his future with the company, which allowed him to focus on his health.

Over his almost three-decade-long career with O&G, Gary experienced a lot of change. Not just over the years, but change was a constant in the repair shop every day. When he started, most of the work was on “small tools,” but today, most work involves repairing a variety of equipment. This ever-evolving work taught Gary valuable skills as a mechanic, but more importantly, it showed him the importance of being adaptable in both work and life. He found his career’s most rewarding aspect to be the opportunity to learn something new every day. His mantra for success was, “Try anything – just do something, even if it’s wrong. Do it again until you get it right. Don’t be afraid to try.” This can also be perfectly illustrated in this quote that Gary loves (which hung in Phil Covelli’s office):

Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.

One of Gary’s favorite aspects of his job was working in the machine shop, where he could fabricate the necessary parts to fix anything. The most satisfying part of his job was fixing a piece of equipment and sending it out to a job without it coming right back. He loved the challenge and the sense of accomplishment that came with it.

Gary expressed how much he will miss the people at O&G and the friendships he has formed over the years. He always felt at home at the South Main Repair shop, where his managers, Sonny Savanella and Jim Zambero, treated him like family. Jim spoke highly of Gary, calling him one of the best mechanics he ever worked with, possessing all the qualities you want in an employee.

In his parting words, Gary left his repair shop colleagues with valuable advice: have broad shoulders and always be helpful to the foremen and project crews – you are there to make their jobs easier and help them succeed. As Gary moves on to the next phase of his life, we wish him a happy and fulfilling retirement filled with endless adventures and memorable moments with his family, and we thank him for his remarkable contributions to the company.