June 21, 2018
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The Greyhound is in his blood

By Dale McGarrigle, Of the Weekly Staff

BANGOR — In a world where workers frequently change jobs, Jerome Hogan is the exception.

For 50 years, Hogan, who will be 67 on May 12, has worked for Greyhound at its Main Street terminal in Bangor. He’s worked primarily as a baggage handler, helping the drivers to load the buses.

“I’ve enjoyed meeting all the different people, who come from all over Maine and from Boston,” Hogan said.

Arthur Brountas, who has held the Greyhound franchise locally, has been there for 62 years, and he has enjoyed his time working with Hogan.

“He’s been a big asset and a very faithful employee,” Brountas said. “Even though he’s retired, he has made such friendships with the drivers that he still comes down and helps to load the buses.”

Hogan, who works as a volunteer now, said that he’s just returning the favor.

“The drivers have been so good to me,” he said. “They would take me on rides, wherever I wanted to go.”

Hogan’s friend, Jim Clark of Brewer, felt that a half-century of working at one place should be recognized. So Clark awarded Hogan a mantel clock which he had made at a little ceremony recently at Tim Horton’s in Brewer.

Hogan has seen a lot of changes through the years, working on bus lines such as Bangor & Aroostook, SMT, Acadia, Cyr, and Vermont Transit.

“We used to have a lot of schedules,” he said.

Now Hogan faces one more major change, as Greyhound recently announced plans to move its operations from the terminal to Dysart’s in Hermon.

Hogan, whose front room is filled with photos of buses, still has no plans to stop working.

“It’s been a pleasure,” he said. “I’ve got it in my blood. I don’t know what else I’d do.”

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