Yesterday — when “06880” broke the news that Jack Riley has sold his very popular Greens Farms Spirit Shop — I posted this photo:
It showed a young Jack Riley, on his first day in business: November 10, 1969.
Today — December 15, 2018 — was Jack’s last day.
The store — which will continue with new owners, and many familiar employees — was packed.
Jack opened a bottle. The large crowd of customers — aka “friends” — raised their glasses to nearly 50 years of neighborly service and smiles.
Then Nico Eisenberger asked Jack to pose once again, for posterity.
The hair is gone. But the passion for what he did — and the joyful way he did it — remains.
A simple toast was the least the large crowd could do.
But — like everything Jack did — it came from the heart.