WESTFIELD, NJ — William Moore Sr. was honored at Tuesday night’s town council meeting for his 60 years of service as a town of Westfield employee. Moore retired last week from the Westfield Department of Public Works. Tuesday’s meeting took place exactly 60 years after Moore’s first day on the job.

Town Administrator Jim Gildea held Moore’s job application from 1957, which was framed and presented to him at his retirement party last week.

Director of Public Works Greg O’Neil spoke about Moore:

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“Bill, you aren’t just the benchmark. You are the pinnacle of a true action guy,” O’Neil said. “Thank you very much.”

Gildea thanked Moore for his dedicated service, saying he has “one of the best work ethics of anyone who’s ever worked for the town.”

“Retirements happen in all lines of work, but it’s rare for a retirement with someone who as dedicated basically their entire life — Mr. Moore started here at 18 years of age,” Gildea said. “We are losing a lot of institutional knowledge that he has walking out the door. I think he knows every sewer, every sign post, every hole, every street sign.”

After receiving a proclamation from Acting Mayor JoAnn Neylan, Moore received a standing ovation.