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Burton retires after lengthy career

Bank manager Chesley Burton sits behind his desk as he has done for the past 35 years.  On Dec. 18 he retired from a job he loved.
Bank manager Chesley Burton sits behind his desk as he has done for the past 35 years.  On Dec. 18 he retired from a job he loved.

Planning for future, saving today for tomorrow and putting a little aside for later are common themes when speaking of retirement, and Chesley Burton should know.

Burgeo’s Scotiabank manager has officially retired after 43 years with the company, 35 of them as manager.
Burton’s experience started at the age of 17 when in 1972, he moved to Burgeo and joined Scotiabank, then as a chief clerk.
The road to retirement had its humps and bumps for Burton, some of them including time away from banking to try other experiences, and others including work in other branches.
Those opportunities furthered his knowledge in the industry and in January of 1981, Burton was able to return to Burgeo and accepted the manager’s position.
He recalled some of the more positive experiences with working with a bank, including the opportunity to work will a lot of excellent people and gaining the respect from residents while living and working in the community.
Burton recalled the days of the local fish plant success, when plant workers were heading home at the end of the workday and another crew would be heading in for night shift. He described those days as fulfilling.
“Burgeo was a booming town and new growth could be seen everywhere in town,” he said. “New homes were being built, people were driving fine new vehicles and new businesses were opening.”
But, with the positive over the years, there has also been negative.
“It is very difficult to help everyone 100 per cent of the time,” he said. “Sometimes, it was hard in making the decision of turning down a loan application.”
Burton hoped that at those times, customers would have used that information to help them become financially better off over the long term.
He said over the years, he has been thankful for the relationships he has made, and credited his family for supporting him, especially when his career took him to different towns.
Retirement for Burton now means spending more time in the woods hunting, fishing at his cabin in the country and, most importantly, spending more time with his family.

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Burgeo’s Scotiabank manager has officially retired after 43 years with the company, 35 of them as manager.
Burton’s experience started at the age of 17 when in 1972, he moved to Burgeo and joined Scotiabank, then as a chief clerk.
The road to retirement had its humps and bumps for Burton, some of them including time away from banking to try other experiences, and others including work in other branches.
Those opportunities furthered his knowledge in the industry and in January of 1981, Burton was able to return to Burgeo and accepted the manager’s position.
He recalled some of the more positive experiences with working with a bank, including the opportunity to work will a lot of excellent people and gaining the respect from residents while living and working in the community.
Burton recalled the days of the local fish plant success, when plant workers were heading home at the end of the workday and another crew would be heading in for night shift. He described those days as fulfilling.
“Burgeo was a booming town and new growth could be seen everywhere in town,” he said. “New homes were being built, people were driving fine new vehicles and new businesses were opening.”
But, with the positive over the years, there has also been negative.
“It is very difficult to help everyone 100 per cent of the time,” he said. “Sometimes, it was hard in making the decision of turning down a loan application.”
Burton hoped that at those times, customers would have used that information to help them become financially better off over the long term.
He said over the years, he has been thankful for the relationships he has made, and credited his family for supporting him, especially when his career took him to different towns.
Retirement for Burton now means spending more time in the woods hunting, fishing at his cabin in the country and, most importantly, spending more time with his family.

info@gulfnews.ca

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