Thundersley milkman retires after delivering amazing 5 million pints of milk

Echo: Retiring from the round – milkman Steve Pasifull Retiring from the round – milkman Steve Pasifull

HE has delivered five million pints of milk, 78,000 loaves of bread and covered 262,000 miles – but milkman Steve Pasifull has now retired after 42 years on the job.

Mr Pasifull, 59, of Kingsley Lane, Thundersley, handed over the keys to his milk float for good last week, having delivered goods to families in Thundersley since 1967.

Now, the life-long milkman is bidding a fond farewell to his customers and passing down his years of wisdom to another.

Mr Pasifull said: “It’s been a huge pleasure to serve my customers, many of whom are now good friends of mine.

“The people of Thundersley are so nice and easy going, and I have always been very happy doing what I do.

“I want to thank everyone for making the past 42 years so enjoyable.

“I suppose they are the part I am going to miss the most, but I can enjoy my retirement safe in the knowledge my round will be in capable hands.”

Over the years, the Milk and More milkman has seen some of the biggest transformations in the industry, from the introduction of the classic milk float, the rivalry of supersized supermarkets, and the industry’s move into the digital age.

He said: “When I started out as a milkman, milk was only delivered in bottles and customers left handwritten notes.

“Today, customers can order online until 9pm the night before, and can order far more than just their daily pint.

“But I have still always been the same old-school milkman who likes to stop for a chat here and a cup of tea there.

“I have a huge stack of cards from my customers, and got a few bottles of drink and handshakes, which was really nice.”

Mr Pasifull is looking forward to spending his retirement fishing and tending to his garden.

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11:43am Tue 3 Apr 12

basildon boy racer 20 says...

Hang on a minute. If he started in 1967, aint that 45 years as a milkman. Does the Echo still think its 2009?
Hang on a minute. If he started in 1967, aint that 45 years as a milkman. Does the Echo still think its 2009? basildon boy racer 20
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12:19pm Tue 3 Apr 12

R85 says...

I don’t understand why we still have milkmen when you can go and get milk almost anywhere. On top of that you can order your whole shop from a supermarket online which is delivered straight to your door – including milk! I would have thought this business would have died out in the 90’s. I don’t know, and as far as I am aware have never known, anybody who has milk delivered by a milkman! Cant imagine seeing a milk float in East London!
I don’t understand why we still have milkmen when you can go and get milk almost anywhere. On top of that you can order your whole shop from a supermarket online which is delivered straight to your door – including milk! I would have thought this business would have died out in the 90’s. I don’t know, and as far as I am aware have never known, anybody who has milk delivered by a milkman! Cant imagine seeing a milk float in East London! R85
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2:02pm Tue 3 Apr 12

Brunning999 says...

R85 wrote:
I don’t understand why we still have milkmen when you can go and get milk almost anywhere. On top of that you can order your whole shop from a supermarket online which is delivered straight to your door – including milk! I would have thought this business would have died out in the 90’s. I don’t know, and as far as I am aware have never known, anybody who has milk delivered by a milkman! Cant imagine seeing a milk float in East London!
Who is talking about the East End?

We had a milkman like all our neighbours for more years than I care to remember.

Also it is a shame he is going many elderly folk do not have computers, do not have cars, and still go to the post office to collect their money this milkman has helped them for 40 odd years bringing heavier items of shopping etc he might be the only person they see for days on end.
Plus not all elderly people live in council properties where everything is one for them.
[quote][p][bold]R85[/bold] wrote: I don’t understand why we still have milkmen when you can go and get milk almost anywhere. On top of that you can order your whole shop from a supermarket online which is delivered straight to your door – including milk! I would have thought this business would have died out in the 90’s. I don’t know, and as far as I am aware have never known, anybody who has milk delivered by a milkman! Cant imagine seeing a milk float in East London![/p][/quote]Who is talking about the East End? We had a milkman like all our neighbours for more years than I care to remember. Also it is a shame he is going many elderly folk do not have computers, do not have cars, and still go to the post office to collect their money this milkman has helped them for 40 odd years bringing heavier items of shopping etc he might be the only person they see for days on end. Plus not all elderly people live in council properties where everything is one for them. Brunning999
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6:24pm Tue 3 Apr 12

another council tax payer says...

R85 wrote:
I don’t understand why we still have milkmen when you can go and get milk almost anywhere. On top of that you can order your whole shop from a supermarket online which is delivered straight to your door – including milk! I would have thought this business would have died out in the 90’s. I don’t know, and as far as I am aware have never known, anybody who has milk delivered by a milkman! Cant imagine seeing a milk float in East London!
what a very insular view on life you have
[quote][p][bold]R85[/bold] wrote: I don’t understand why we still have milkmen when you can go and get milk almost anywhere. On top of that you can order your whole shop from a supermarket online which is delivered straight to your door – including milk! I would have thought this business would have died out in the 90’s. I don’t know, and as far as I am aware have never known, anybody who has milk delivered by a milkman! Cant imagine seeing a milk float in East London![/p][/quote]what a very insular view on life you have another council tax payer
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