Who is this man who knows all about you but you know nothing about him?

by on October 26, 2010 · 8 comments

in OB Heroes, Ocean Beach, San Diego, The Widder Curry

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Gaston Soria - Judi's mailman. (Photo by Judi Curry)

Who is this man who knows all about you but you know nothing about him?

Let me give you a hint: He is a native San Diegan. Born and raised in San Ysidro thirty-five years ago. (Need more clues?)

Received an AA degree from Southwestern College in Administrative Justice in 1999.  Has an AS degree in the Science of Criminal Justice.

Has received Achievement commendations in forensics, criminal investigations, probation practices, etc. Volunteered for the Chula Vista police department in the traffic and laboratory departments while going to school.

While going to high school he also took adult education classes so that he could graduate sooner.

He is known by his trademark “hat”.

He met his wife through the chat room on Yahoo.com. Melrose was a nurse in the Philippines, and they began corresponding in October, 2007. He went to meet her in March of 2008 and again in February of 2009. In June of 2009 she came to the United States, speaking 4 languages, and they married in July. Until their first child is born in March of 2011, she is attending school with an emphasis in the nursing field.

Still don’t know who he is? Let me introduce you to our Mailman – Gaston Soria – who has been carrying mail in this neighborhood for six years.

While applying for a position with the Chula Vista Police Department, his parents saw an ad in the paper asking for people interested in applying for a post office job to apply. He decided he would study for the test and see how he did. He passed the test and was hired as a “PTF” (part-time flexible) employee.

His first route took him to the “Riverfront” area of North Park. After one year, he was eligible to bid on any other route that was available. He saw the Ocean Beach opening and applied. (I don’t think he knew about all the hills then!)

He now is our regular carrier and will remain with us unless the route is changed. (Delivering 300+ pieces of mail a day, in a 5-6 hour time slot does not indicate that there will be a shift in routes!)

He loves the route; he says people are friendly; helpful; and treat him like he is a member of the family. He is always asked the same questions, “where is my check?; where is the Penny Saver? “where are my ads; where is the TV Guide, etc.”

A few weeks ago, Gaston was concerned because he had not seen an occupant of a house on his route for some time. He was suspicious of that absence, and because of that suspicion, the authorities were called to further investigate. The elderly man living in the house was found dead in his favorite chair. Without Gaston’s concern, a much longer time may have gone by before the man was found.

We are thrilled to have a man of Gaston’s caliber delivering our mail. He is trustworthy; aware of the goings on in the neighborhood, and is like a good friend. Thanks for all you do for us, Gaston. We are anxiously awaiting the birth of your first child.

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avatar Frank Gormlie October 26, 2010 at 11:56 am

Thank you, Judi, for profiling one of the many unsung heroes of our community. The mailmen and women, the lifeguards, the teachers, the firefighters, the paramedics, the sanitation workers, – city and government workers who come to our community and stay for years – but most of us never learn their names, never know who they are. These are the unknown public servants – part of our government. And without them, life would be very difficult.

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avatar tennyson October 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm

When my son was very small (he is now an adult, his father is a PhD) he remarked that the mailman “must be the smartest man in the world”. Why do you think that, I asked.
Well, the mailman knows where everyone lives and even dad doesn’t that.
thanks for another great post, Judi

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avatar judicurry October 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Dear Frank and Tennyson, After reading “Post Office” – I did not know what I would find in talking to Gaston. I agree with you son, that the mailman knows a whole lot that we never would have thought of. And Frank, we have so many people walking around the neighborhood, it is good to know who these people are. I know I can always count on Gaston if I were in trouble.

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avatar Patty Jones October 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Nice to meet you Gaston! Thanks Judi for introducing us!

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avatar maila joy huinda October 28, 2010 at 6:57 pm

wow,,,what an amazing life Mr.Gaston….u’r indeed a great mail man….great job…..two thumbs up for you…..

t-melrose: wow,,,starring ur name here,,,,u r both lucky to have each other.May God empower you with good health and more blessings…God bless

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avatar judicurry November 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Here’s an update: He and his wife just had the first ultra-sound of their pregnancy. Gaston is ecstatic because he and his wife are going to have a daughter! Start saving your money, Gaston!

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avatar Terrie Leigh Relf April 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Nice to meet you, Gaston! Thank you, Judi, for sharing this local hero–and congratulations on the upcoming bundle of joy!

I agree that mailcarriers are awesome!

Ter

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avatar judi April 24, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Hi Ter, Gaston’s wife had the baby the first week of March. I have been trying to get in touch with him to do a follow-up. He is on paternity leave and should be back during the first week in May. I have heard that his feet haven’t hit the ground yet.
Will let you know as soon as I get in touch with him.

Judi

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