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Mullendore bids farewell to body shop

December 31, 2007|By JANET HEIM

In the almost 46 years he has been employed by Hamilton Nissan, Carroll Paige Mullendore, who goes by Paige, has seen a lot of cars and employees come and go.

On Monday, it was his turn to say farewell as body shop manager for the car dealership on Dual Highway in Hagerstown.

"I don't know where the time went to," said Mullendore, 65.

A 65th birthday/retirement party was held in his honor in August.

Mullendore graduated from Boonsboro High School in 1960 and started working for the year-old dealership after graduation. At that time, it was called Hamilton Ambrose Pontiac and was on Frederick Street.

He worked his way up from washing cars to the parts department, then the service department before becoming service manager. Mullendore went overseas for a year when the Army Reservist was called up to serve in Vietnam from October 1968 to October 1969.

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Upon his return, Mullendore took over as body shop manager, the position from which he retired. He said one of the main reasons he worked his entire career at Hamilton Nissan was because of how well the Hamilton family treated their employees.

He said he's watched the sons of William C. Hamilton, Rick and Derek, grow up and take over their father's business.

As Mullendore counts the days until he and his wife, Janice, who retired two years ago, leave on a Caribbean cruise in January, he said he knows he's leaving the dealership in good hands. He was part of the interview process for his replacement and hit it off with Jay Flick right away.

"The new manager is in place. He's all ready to go. Everything's in place for my departure," said Mullendore.

Flick, who has been with the dealership for two years, said he'll miss working with Mullendore and being able to tap his knowledge of the business.

"Paige is absolutely a joy to work with. He's made it so nice. We had a ball, didn't we?" Flick said.

Despite that, Mullendore said he looks forward to traveling and "taking it easy." He and his wife, who have five children and three grandchildren between them, are also considering a move to Florida.

"I enjoyed the automotive business," Mullendore said.

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