Honoring 60 years of service

Sep 10, 2017 | by Ron Cole | fosters.com

BARRINGTON — Hundreds of residents of the region paid tribute Sunday afternoon to a man many call Mr. Barrington.

On Sept. 7, 1957, young Joel Sherburne started his first day on the job at Calef’s Country Store. Still on the job 60 years later, it is the only paid position Sherburne has ever held, but not the only job.

Well-known throughout the area, Sherburne has served his community, and others in a variety of volunteer roles, from the founding of the Barrington Ambulance Corps, to assisting various Rochester entities, such as the Rochester Opera House and the Rochester Fair.

This day, however, was to recognize 60 years of faithful service to the owners of the iconic store. Sherburne started off as a stock boy and over the years became a jack-of-all-trades at the store, with a major in cheese.

That reputation for cheese birthed a book about him and his career at Calef’s, written by Rebecca Rule and titled, “Sixty Years of Cuttin’ the Cheese.”

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