Miller’s employee retires after never missing a day of work in 25 years

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – After 25 years on the job, never taking a day off, one of the most familiar faces at Miller’s Roast Beef in East Providence is retiring.

“It’s a little emotional for her and for us because it’s a big spot to fill. She’s been working the fryer since 1995,” said Gwen Graham, who owns Miller’s with her husband.

Graham said the company has no record of Liz Eastwood ever taking a day off in her two and a half decades of employment.

“No sick days,” said Eastwood. “It’s probably my mentality from when I was younger cause I was never out of school, and being in the Air Force you do not have time to take sick days. You have to go to work!”

Eastwood served in the Air Force straight out of high school, then raised her four children. In the mid-nineties, she wanted to go back to work. She said she chose Miller’s because it’s so close to her home.

“She walks in front of my building every day, back and forth to work,” said Doug Caito, a local realtor, and loyal Miller’s customer. “Every time I’ve been here, she’s been here.”

Miller’s became Eastwood’s first and last civilian job.

“She runs circles around the average high school students that we hire,” Graham said. “Many customers have come in to see her, and they have grown to know that when they see Liz, they’re getting the best fry that they can get, so now there’s some big shoes to fill.”

But her streak of working every Monday through Friday for the last two and a half decades ends Saturday, her first official day of retirement.

Eastwood’s coworkers sent her off with a special song from local performer Billy Leetch.

“It’s nice to know that they care that much about you,” Eastwood said.

What’s next for Eastwood? Traveling, and spending more time with family.

“When COVID’s done to travel some, and spend time with my grandchildren and my children and my son will be retiring from the Army soon so I can go down for his ceremony.”

She said through tears Friday that she’ll be sure to frequently visit her coworkers who she’ll miss the most.

“It’s the people. The people you work with. They’re great. I’m gonna miss them, and I’ll be seeing them when I can.”

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