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HG&E Around Holyoke: Serviceman Gavin O'Hara

September 01, 2016:

A long way from his childhood home in Ballaghaderreen, Ireland, Gavin O'Hara moved to the United States in 2000.  After working in a few different industries in Western Massachusetts, Gavin began a plumbing apprenticeship, which would lead him to a career at HG&E.

“One day I was working in Galway and a friend came by and asked if I'd like to move to the US with him,” said Gavin.  “That's how it started, from there he planned the whole trip, we landed in Springfield and began working for a roofing company.”   Gavin explained how different it is growing up in Ireland, how many young people ultimately move away.  Settling down in the Holyoke/Springfield area felt like a natural move for him, as there are many families in Western Massachusetts with ties back to Ireland.

Gavin worked at a few local establishments, which provided him an opportunity to meet many people.  He was introduced to plumbing and gas fitting, which he found interesting, so he began an apprenticeship at a company in Agawam. 

For years Gavin applied to be a serviceman at HG&E, and was elated when he was finally hired in 2014.  He really loves the job, and his unique skill set in plumbing allows him to work on a variety of interesting projects. 

“Before working here, I worked alone,” said Gavin. “Working as part of a team is great and I really like all the guys.”

Gavin lives in Holyoke with his wife and three children. For 24-hour service call (413) 536-9335.

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