Ron Yeaton…It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 20 years (January 2002) since the New England Osco Drug stores were purchased by Brooks Pharmacy! I started working for Osco in 1974 at store 951 Dorchester, MA as a management trainee and for 28 years worked in a variety of store and regional operations positions. I continued my career with Brooks Pharmacy and then with Rite Aid in 2007 when they purchased the Brooks Eckerd stores. I retired from retail pharmacy in 2009 and was self-employed in a variety of jobs until fully retiring in 2015. My wife Catherine and I sold our home and pre-school business in Exeter, NH in 2015 and moved to our current home in Rye, NH. It’s just a short mile and a half from the ocean and we love to spend time at the beach walking and collecting sea glass. Our two children (Katie and Joel) and two granddaughters (Magie and Emily) live in New England, so we can see them often. Catherine and I love to travel and for many years we have been going to the Caribbean and Europe and have visited more than 25 different countries. We also enjoy traveling in our own country as well. We are looking forward to resuming our trips. One of our favorite trips was in 2019 when we took our son and his wife and our two granddaughters to London to share the culture of one of our favorite cities.
When I think back on my time with Osco, I think of the professionalism of our managers and the entrepreneurial spirit that they all brought to their stores. I have great memories of the many, many people I’ve been privileged to work with in the New England stores and office. But some of my best memories are of our “other” New England stores in Indiana, Michigan, Arkansas and Illinois. It’s still hard to explain to neighbors and friends how that was part of our region. The road trips and store visits there were always an adventure!