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Letter to the editor: Thanks, Freeport

November 30, 2018

One of my relatives forwarded Mary Ann Thomas’ article “Freeport residents lament closure of Devereaux car dealership” (Oct. 17, TribLIVE). After 95 years, I have a few comments.

Although I have not spoken with my cousin Phil about the closing, I am sure it was a very difficult and emotional decision. As such, it is not surprising that he perhaps finds it very hard to comment on.

The dealership was instrumental in the development of the Devereaux family. The business led to other dealerships in Vandergrift and McKeesport. Although after three generations all of those stores are now closed, we have become lawyers, social workers, bankers and teachers in California, New York City, Florida, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. None of that would have been possible without the dealership in Freeport.

Our family is deeply and forever grateful to Freeport for 95 wonderful years, supported by our loyal customers and employees; some of those employees worked for our family for more than 60 years.

Your article was a fine and fitting final chapter to the automotive story of our family. Thanks very much.

Paul Devereaux

Chevy Chase, Md.

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