By Dave Schwab
La Jolla mail carrier Steve Wapnowski’s last day after 23 years on his La Jolla Shores route, 43 years total as a mail carrier, became one to remember when about 50 people turned out to honor him.
Marilyn Olson organized the luncheon that was held June 3 in the cul de sac at Calle De La Garza. One of the many people who turned out for the occasion was Pat Miller, a member of the La Jolla Park and Rec., Inc. board. She called it a special occasion to honor a special person.
“He’s just a really nice man,” Miller said. “He was one of those guys that was always interested in us and our families and we were interested in his. We felt like we knew them.”
Wapnowski’s wife, Vicki, and daughter, Cori McKenna, also were there for Steve’s last day of work.
Cori, a graduate of UCLA Film School who is an independent contractor in New York working on a television documentary, videotaped the event.
On Monday, his first day of retirement, Wapnowski said he was “overwhelmed by the reception” he got.
“It was such a wonderful gesture,” he said. “It confirms what I had felt all along — that they had accepted me in the neighborhood as a friend.”
Wapnowski said he and his wife will be traveling to New York to visit their daughter soon and then will return to San Diego to outfit their motor home.
“We’re going to try and do a nice trip around the country to see all the places we’ve watched on the Travel Channel,” he said.
Councilwoman Sherri Lightner also honored him, declaring June 6, 2011, as Steve Wapnowski Day.