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Rod Kenyon tallies 50 years as teller for Glens Falls bank

Rod Kenyon, who’s worked as a teller at Glens Falls National Bank and its predecessors for 50 years, processes a deposit recently at the bank’s main office in Glens Falls.

Rod Kenyon, who’s worked as a teller at Glens Falls National Bank and its predecessors for 50 years, processes a deposit recently at the bank’s main office in Glens Falls. Photo by Thom Randall.

— On a recent weekday, Rod Kenyon stood behind a teller window at Glens Falls National Bank’s main office and completed transactions with dozens of customers.

He shared greetings smiles, quips and memories with one customer after another, as he has done faithfully for no less than 12,500 workdays.

Roderic Kenyon, 71, of Stony Creek was recognized and lauded recently for his 50 years of continuous service at Glens Falls National Bank and its predecessors.

Kenyon’s a favorite with customers

Joanna Willis, the firm’s Glens Falls branch manager, said that Kenyon was the first employee of the bank ever to reach the half-century mark.

She praised him for achieving many years of perfect attendance, and for volunteering to work Saturdays or substituting for other employees to help them out.

“He’s a real worker — If anyone needs him for Saturday hours or whatever, he’s there,” Willis said.

She said that his friendly, outgoing attitude has made him a celebrity of sorts with the bank’s customers, who choose to wait in line so they can be served by him.

“Rod has quite a following with our customers,” she said. “He knows all their families — with some of them, it’s several generations.”

Willis said Kenyon was meticulous, punctual and dependable in his work, and had won various awards over his half-century of service.

On a break from his workday, Kenyon talked about his tenure at the bank.

“It hasn’t seemed like 50 years,” he said. “I enjoy my work and waiting on customers.”

Kenyon was recruited by bank in 1963

In mid-December 1963, Kenyon — then a part-time typesetter at The Warrensburg News — walked into the Emerson National Bank on Main St. in Warrensburg to make a personal deposit, and an executive of the bank said he wanted to have a talk with him, Kenyon recalled. It was just several months after the death of Albert Emerson, the bank’s long-time president, Kenyon continued.

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