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After 30 years, a beloved UMass Boston janitor losing his job

Janitor Bob Carroll
Bob Carroll, a longtime janitor at UMASS Boston, sweeps leaves on campus. –Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Last fall, J. Keith Motley kicked off what would become his final year as chancellor of University of Massachusetts Boston with a speech that recognized several employees for exemplary service. He saved one recognition for last.

Motley asked the students and staff to give a standing ovation to one special janitor who, with a gracious attitude and a broom, tirelessly keeps the plaza clean. Even before Motley said the man’s name, everyone knew whom he was talking about.

“Even the snow and the ice shiver and they shake when he shows up with the tools of his trade,’’ Motley boomed. “Nothing stops Bobby Carroll from facilities from keeping our walkways passable and as pristine as they could possibly be.’’

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