It's amazing how many people we impact in the course of a lifetime. The passing of Dean Gillin, who spent more than four decades as a district manager in our circulation department, prompted one of his former carriers to pass along the following note.
Marc Dailey, who began his working life as a World carrier under Gillin's, went on to become our circulation director and Gillin's boss. He currently is the vice president for circulation at The Vancouver Columbian. He writes:
"Dean was an incredible role model to several thousand young boys and girls over his many years as a Circulation District Manager for The Wenatchee World. He mentored these young people in high ideals, principles and the good business practices of sales, service and collections to be successful newspaper carriers. He practiced his craft with the highest integrity and care that developed tremendous respect from his carriers and their parents. Dean’s focus was on satisfying customers through excellent carriers.
Many of Dean’s former carriers came back as adults to request that Dean be their children’s District Manager. They wanted their children to experience the same rich relationship and learning from Dean. Many of these relationships continued through several generations. This is certainly a mark of great success!!!
Dean was also my District Manger. He contracted me as a carrier for The Wenatchee Daily World in the summer of 1958. Dean was always there when I needed him and was quick to praise but also gently reminded me when improvements were necessary. I learned a lot about people, timeliness, customer satisfaction, bookkeeping, and selling. I was especially jazzed because I was able to buy my first car from my paper route earnings. I believe this is also where the ink began to seep into my blood for this fascinating business.
Dean can be very proud of his immediate family he fostered and the many thousands of children he mentored to become more successful in life! Dean was a teacher, friend, role model and a very humble, kind and compassionate gentleman!
What a tremendous legacy, Dean! You have lived life for the right reasons. You know … “The most important things in life are not things.”
Congratulations and thank you Dean."
If memory serves, Gillin, all six sons and a daughter-in-law worked for our company at one time or another. There was a running joke around that we could put the paper with just their family. We join the family in mourning the loss of Dean and celebrating a most remarkable life.