AVOCA -- Michael George, a man of few words, has been a fixture in Avoca for decades.
The owner of Michael George's service station on Main Street has always been there with a friendly smile.
He tells Newswatch 16 these weren't just customers coming to get gas but people he really got the chance to know over the years
“It's hard to let these people go. They've been personal friends. It's tough,” said Michael George, owner.
George started his gas station business 56 years ago
He recently decided now was the time to retire.
His station stands out because, as you get your gas pumped, you'll notice plenty of Green Bay Packers memorabilia.
Even the logo above the station is painted with the Packers storied logo.
“Just a little kid out of 8th grade when Paul Hornung won the Heisman Trophy. That was my idol back in those days,” said George.
The gas station was busy until the bitter-sweet end as customers came by to fill up their tanks and say good-bye.
“First of all, he's a very good friend of mine. And second, the service here is wonderful . And he does a wonderful business here,” said Ralph Riviello.
“My family has dealt with Michael for years. He's the guy I come to for gas. I pull in the morning with a problem and it's taken care of in five minutes.,He's wonderful. I am going to miss him,” said Donna Lampman.
After leaving the gas station, George tells Newswatch 16 he will have a chance to spend time with his family.