Nearly 40 years ago RALPH GATH hauled his first load of concrete out of O&G’s Waterbury plant, freshly hired by Bob Oneglia as a 24-year-old mixer driver. After a number of years on the road he was asked if he’d like to operate a concrete plant and jumped at the offer. For the last 30- plus years he had been the Danbury facility’s concrete plant operator, keeping it updated and running efficiently. Retirement will be bittersweet for Ralph: all these years later he hasn’t lost his love of construction and the work that he faithfully does. “What we do, this is where it starts. Concrete is the beginning of construction, it’s the foundation. I’m going to miss the give-and-take, working with the drivers and helping customers – the whole deal.” He often assists customers in solving their concrete queries, “putting them on the right road,” he says. While he’ll start retirement with a trip to the Cayman Islands with his wife, Sharon, he’s counting on coming back as a reliever whenever others need vacations or workloads run high. “I enjoyed working with some talented, outstanding managers, guys like Tony and Joey Damiano, Tony Blanchard and Jim Gallagher. The Oneglias have always been great to me too,” he says. While he loves to work and be busy – he calls yard work and carpentry his hobbies – Ralph won’t miss the days of leaving his Torrington home at 4 AM and arriving back at 7 PM.