Son hands off delivery duties to dad

Matt DeYoung • Jul 25, 2018 at 9:00 AM

It’s typically fathers who offer advice to their sons — but in the case of the Curtis family, 15-year-old Gabe is giving his dad, Bill, a few pointers. 

Gabe has delivered the Grand Haven Tribune the past three years as a way to make a few extra bucks to buy his favorite Lego sets. 

Due to the Tribune’s recent change to delivery via the U.S. Postal Service, Gabe is handing his route off to his dad. 

Bill works for the Postal Service and his mail route mirrors much of Gabe’s newspaper route. 

Bill recalls the day a week ago when his wife called him and asked him where he was on his mail route. A few minutes later, he looked up to see Gabe standing there, his arms crossed. 

“He said, ‘I don’t appreciate losing my job to my dad,’” Bill said. “I think he was being kind of cheeky.”

Gabe is confident his dad will do a good job. 

“A lot of times, on Saturdays, the papers are so heavy, so he wakes me up because he’s about to go do his job and we deliver together,” Gabe said. “Then he drops me back off at home. So he knows a lot of the houses already.”

“I’ve done it enough to know who gets what,” added Bill, who has delivered the mail locally for six years. 

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