Fairmont General Hospital foundation director Frank Pulice, Jr. stepped down on Monday.
"I'll miss the employees, the medical staff, our patients...they're all just wonderful. I'm happy that I'm retiring at my young age of 83, I get to spend more time with my grandkids," said Pulice
"He is just a fixture in this community, and he's been honored over the years by so many people. The chamber of commerce, Fairmont State University had him as a keynote speaker as outstanding alumni, and many, many more," said Raymond Alvarez.
Pulice said he'll still continue to volunteer for the foundation.
Frank Pulice, Jr. has dedicated more than 35 years of service to Fairmont General Hospital, and Saturday night was all about celebrating that commitment to the Marion County community.
Hundreds of people came out to Knights of Columbus in Fairmont in honor of Pulice's retirement. He began his tenure at the hospital after being appointed to the board of directors in 1979, serving as president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, the only board member to serve in all four positions.
Pulice has been the director of the FGH Foundation since 1993.
For Pulice, the night was a trip down memory lane.
"When I went there, it wasn't a foundation. So Mr. Graham, who's here tonight, came in for this party. In fact, a lot of the old people that worked up there, they're here tonight too. It's emotional, but I'm handling it pretty well," said Pulice.
"It's a great time for Frank but a rather sad time for Fairmont General because we're losing someone who's impacted so many different places, specifically the hospital board, the foundation board, and actually, the volunteer board," said Peggy Coster, president and CEO of Fairmont General Hospital.
Frank is a graduate of Monongah High School, the Greenbrier Cooking School, and Fairmont State College.