Woman retires after working at Macy’s for 73 years

Rose Syracuse at a celebration 
By: Debbie Gross 

Rose Syracuse 92, is Macy’s longest working employee ever, loyally working at the department store for 73 years before she retired.

Syracuse was forced to retire after she fell and broke her hip, according to reports in the news media. “If I didn’t break my hip I would still be working at Macy’s,” Syracuse said. Macy’s held a special ceremony honoring multiple employees. Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren presented Syracuse with a bouquet of roses as he bent down on his knee to signify Syracuse’s long marriage to the company.

Syracuse was born in Pennsylvania, she has two brothers. Her father did not want her brother to work in the dangerous coal mine industry, Syracuse recalls, “So we came to Brooklyn and we’ve been here ever since,” Syracuse said. “After I graduated high school at age 17, I went to Macy’s for a job and I stayed there up until now. My starting salary was $15 a week,” Syracuse added. Syracuse began and ended her career at Macy’s in the accounting department.

Throughout the years, Syracuse has seen multiple bosses and co-workers. “Macy’s has come a long, long way,” Syracuse said.

Despite being off the payroll however, Syracuse still wants to be around at Macy’s. “We’ll make sure to keep her busy, we are trying to find her a position and keep her busy because she wants to be engaged and involved. Macy’s is her family, people don’t leave their family, Macy’s is where Syracuse belongs,” said Robin Hall, senior vice president of Macy’s Parade.