Today a good man is retiring from Arpin- Al Whittaker- Al joined Arpin in 1981.
Besides heading our Mail Center Al also ran our supply department but most of all Al was a man on honor and dignity.
Al Whittaker was a Eagle Scout- Below is from a recent article on Al-
- Scouting doesn’t end at 18; in fact, becoming an Eagle Scout is just the beginning, Whittaker said.
“You learn the stuff when you’re younger, between 11 and 17,” he said. “But if you become an Eagle Scout, that’s when Boy Scouts really start for you as an individual because that’s when you have to teach children how to take care of themselves, what to do, what to say, how to respect people, and how to be great citizens and make good choices in different situations.”
In 1968, Whittaker joined the Army, became a sergeant and was deployed to Vietnam from 1969 to 1970.
In 1971, he was stationed in Colorado and then he returned to Rhode Island where he became the first “homegrown” Scoutmaster of Troop 1 Conimicut.
And in 1981 Arpin was fortunate to have Al join the family.
Al was always a good compass and role model for everyone, I know that for myself I always admired the way that he always remained himself and throughout his career here he treated everybody with respect.
Thank you Al - you certainly deserve the title of EAGLE - for just as the definition of eagle is written at the top of this post- you were and are a symbol of strength, authority and power and you sir have integrity.
Here is the link to the full article on Al-