SIMI VALLEY, CA – On Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, Simi Valley Post Office, located at 2551 Galena Avenue, will be dedicated to honor late Simi Valley Postmaster Neil Havens at 10:00 a.m. “We are very proud to have this facility honor the life and accomplishments of Neil Havens,” said Post Office Operations Manager Michael Martino.
Martino will be joined at the ceremony by Congressman Steve Knight (CA-25), Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber, the Havens family and other dignitaries to unveil the building naming plaque that will be installed in the Post Office lobby.
U.S. Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon, before his retirement, introduced the legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama (113-224) on Dec. 16, 2014, naming the building for Neil Havens and thereby paying tribute to a man who not only served the public for some 30 years but who also served his community, being known as someone who would do just about anything for anyone.
Havens was a fourth-generation Simi Valley native, appointed as Simi Valley Postmaster by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958, taking over from his father, Charles Reuben Havens. His grandfather, Charles Albert Havens, also delivered mail in Simi Valley. Havens retired from the Postal Service in 1988.
When you think of the Havens family name, you think of service. The entire family gave back to the Simi Valley community for more than 75 years. Neil Havens was chosen to represent his family’s altruistic legacy with this dedication ceremony.
“Neil Havens was the consummate gentleman who gave generously of his time for the betterment of the community,” said Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber. Havens went above and beyond to help others. He had more friends than he could count and he cherished every one of them. He would often visit the sick, look after loved ones after they experienced a death in the family, going out of his way to provide comfort to those in need.
Havens is survived by his wife, Pat, their three children, Debra, Barbara and Russ and four grandchildren.
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