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The job complete, Garon retires

Plan now focuses on a future of community involvement

Janet E. Garon cuts into a congratulatory cake at the reception honoring her career at Southbridge Savings Bank Thursday. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
December 13, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — Not even a bomb scare could keep Janet Garon from completing a task she set out to do.

In the 1970s, while a teller at Southbridge Savings Bank, Garon, along with coworkers and customers, was evacuated from the bank office in response to a telephoned bomb threat.

In the middle of a transaction, Garon picked up the paperwork, and moved her working station out of the bank.

"We took everything outside and I went ahead and opened his new account on a car out on Main Street," Garon regaled at a reception commemorating her retirement from the bank some 33 years later.

Friends and coworkers gathered Thursday, Dec. 10 at Southbridge Savings Bank to say goodbye to the woman who has worked her way up through the ranks of the bank, reaching the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer — and breaking down a few barriers on her way.

Over the course of her 33-year career, Garon was the first woman to return to her position after having a baby, and became the first female member of the bank's executive committee.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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