LOCH RAVEN, Md. (WJZ) — He’s been delivering mail for 50 years and was just honored by the Postal Service for all his work.

But Andrea Fujii explains the oldest mailman in Baltimore has no intention of retiring. 

Stamps were just 3 cents when Joe Roberts, 72, first started at the U.S. Postal Service.

“I started off at $2 an hour, and I make quite a bit more than that now,” said Roberts.

He’s sorted mail and delivered it for 50 years, most recently in Loch Raven.

He says there’s nothing he’d rather do.

“It’s just a good job. I can’t say nothing bad about it,” said Roberts.

After half a century, there’s now less mail to deliver, but some things have stayed the same.

“Be in shape, be in shape because it can be hard on you if you’re not,” said Roberts.

The old cliché of dogs and postmen rings true.  Roberts has been bit 22 times on the job.

“Just hazard of the job, I guess,” said Roberts.

Contact with people is what he enjoys the most.

“I feel sorry for Joe because I am gone all the time and he always has to hold my mail,” said one person. “He’s the best, the best.”

Though at his age, most would want to retire, that’s not true for Roberts.

“Whatever happens to make me want to stop, it hasn’t happened to me,” said Roberts.

As residents wait for Christmas gifts to arrive, if Roberts is on your route, you’ll be sure to get them on time.

Roberts was recently awarded a letter of recognition from retired Postmaster General John Potter for his years of service.

Comments (15)
  1. shell says:

    way to go dad!!!

  2. TJN says:

    If omalley was incharge of the postal service this guy would have been furoughed by now

  3. Rosalie says:

    Good job younger brother. You should have had more recognition a year ago!

  4. Laura says:

    We are proud of you Uncle Joe and we love you! You’re a role model to all of us coming up after you.

  5. Cristie S says:

    Great Job. i never met you personally but to do what you do takes a lot of dedication. That just shows what type of person you are! Best wishes in all that you do! Gongrats from Dundalk, MD !!!

  6. Patrick says:

    Go Joe!!!! From your fans in New York.

  7. Pamela Robinson says:

    That is true dedication. I dont know you but I do comend you! Thank you for being strong and keeping up the good work.

  8. james says:

    i love it. great work, keep it up!!

  9. ron and marilyn says:

    quite a terrific work ethic joe. you are the best postman we ever had. best regards from Denby rd. ron and marilyn donoho

  10. Patricia says:

    God Bless you, Joe………………

  11. Nan says:

    Hey Mr. Joe! We are so proud of you and love having you as our mailman!

  12. Bonnie says:

    Awesome Job Uncle Joe!!

  13. Janice Rice says:

    Joe, If we had more dedicated, hard-working, wonderful, generous and kind people like you, the world would be a better place for all! God bless you!
    Janice(Your friendly hygienist)

  14. Dave wells says:

    Our dog ,jack ,knows when he sees joes mailtruck he will get a treat so he runs out in front of the truck to greet joe…anyway ,over the holidays someone was helping Joe with his route in another truck..I am glad to report jack is still with us…as is Joe.

  15. Joelle Ward says:

    Dear Joe,
    You are a great postman and an even better neighbor. Great and well-deserved honor!

    Your Neighbor,

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