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Leaving is Bittersweet for Retiree Tom Gross

Gross family photo

After working at ECE for much of his adult life, Meter Technician Tom Gross celebrated his retirement on
June 25— marking exactly 29 years to the day. 

Tom has had a long and rewarding career. After serving four years in the Marines as a Sergeant and Communications Supervisor, he came home and knew he wanted to work with electricity. 

“It always fascinated me,” he says, which is why he chose to become a lineman.

“My mom was the one who told me about the opening at ECE. I was working at another co-op and thought, ‘Why not?’”

When Tom received the lineman job at ECE, he and his wife, Karen, moved their family three hours south from Effie, MN.

Tom enjoyed linework until 2004, when he accepted a position as a Meter Technician. For the last 15 years, Tom has been testing and programming meter equipment, continuing to work closely with his linemen friends. 

Father to Theresa, David, and TJ, Tom is now a grandfather as well. His eyes light up when he talks about the accomplishments of his children. “We have really great kids; all three of them. We’re very lucky.”

While he is looking forward to moving toward St. Cloud to be near family, as well as spending more time with his wife, he says he will miss his friends at ECE. 

“It’s true, what they say.” He smiles. “It’s bittersweet. It really is like a little family here.”


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