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At threshold of retirement, words of welcome from a friend

Norman Pashoian retired as doorman at the Taj Hotel in Boston after 66 years greeting guests.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Norman Pashoian retired as doorman at the Taj Hotel in Boston after 66 years greeting guests.

RE “TRIBUTE to a lost era” (Metro, Aug. 8): Nikita Lalwani’s piece regarding the retirement of Back Bay doorman Norman Pashoian was masterful. Being a golf buddy of his is a life in itself.

In the 1950s, other caddies and I ran and hid when he appeared on the first tee. His bag was the biggest and heaviest at what was then known as Happy Valley golf course in Lynn. Once the caddie master found us, I was usually selected to caddie for Pashoian because of my size, and I reluctantly carried his bag for many a round.

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Looking back at those years, I found him to be always a gentlemen, good to those who caddied for him, and the best-dressed golfer ever to set foot on the course.

Today I golf with the man I used to caddie for — what a pleasure it is to say that. We are also locker buddies, so we have the opportunity to chat about history, books we’ve read and shared with each other, and other topics. We will have the pleasure to see him on a regular basis — still a gentlemen and still the best-dressed golfer at “The Valley” — and the Taj Hotel and the city of Boston have lost the standard-bearer of doormen.

Dick Halligan


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