Well. Gary was my ghost so to speak. I hired him during the 4th summer I was there. He was a nice man, with a nice girlfriend, who was raising 3 kids with her. Everybody liked him and he was a great worker.
My elderly ladies just adored him and he was good at defusing any difficult customer situations. Gary was also great with merchandising and organizing the furniture and very reliable.
So, his not showing up one morning when he was to open the store with me was worrying. It was raining when we closed the night before and I know he was saving up for new tires. Yeah. His girlfriend called me later that morning. Damn old tires.....he died instantly.
After about 2 weeks his favorite customers started telling me that Gary was stopping in to say "Hi".
I had him yell, "Bye" one night as I was leaving, but we never interacted after I found the bag of clothes he bought for one of his stepson's birthday and got it to his girlfriend.
Gary was a pretty grounded person so I think he moved on pretty quickly, because after about 6 months his customers said he wasn't saying "Hi" anymore.