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Surrounded by relatives, Charles Major, center in gray, celebrates his retirement at the Frederick Douglass Gym, where he has helmed after-school programs and other activities for more than 30 years. CONTRIBUTED

Members of the community and Key West city employees gathered March 27 at the Douglass Gym in Bahama Village to recognize the retirement of Charles Major after working for 31 years in the city’s Community Services department.

 Major was hired in 1993 as a coordinator for the Frederick Douglass Gym. In his three decades at the gym, he has watched children in his charge grow up and send their own children to the activities at the gym, which is a vital part of the neighborhood, hosting after-school programs, youth athletics, community meetings and more.

Major was presented a sign in his honor that will hang in the new Frederick Douglass Community Center, which is currently under construction. Community Services Director Marcus Davila made the presentation.

“His 31 years of service to the city and the community has been outstanding,” states the sign. “Community events and after-school programs at the gym would not exist without him. His dedication, friendship and guidance are greatly appreciated by the kids, employees and the community.”

Assistant City Manager Todd Stoughton also presented Major with a plaque in honor of his retirement and years of dedicated service.

City officials Todd Stoughton, left, and Marcus Davila, right, honor Charles Major, center, who retired after 31 years with the city of Key West. CONTRIBUTED
A sign honoring Charles Major’s dedication to the city of Key West will hang in the Frederick Douglass Community Center, which is currently under construction to replace the aging gym in Bahama Village. CONTRIBUTED