63-year-old Fred Vautour has worked the night shift as a custodian at a local college for nearly two decades to earn an average-sized paycheck—but he was doing it all along for a greater reason.
Vautour, from Waltham, Massachusetts, says that he came from “a poor family and kind of a broken home,” according to AOL Finance.
Determined to do his best as a “father and a family man,” he took up a position at Boston College as a cook. Eventually, he ended up working the graveyard shift, from 11:00pm to 7:00am, as a janitor.
Not only was the job stable with good benefits, it had one incredible advantage—his kids could attend the college at almost no cost.
Vautour’s five children were all accepted to Boston College, and they were all able to attend the school with a significant discount. Vautour says that because of his employment, he only had to pay about $3000 per year for his children’s education, saving his family over $700,000.
Of course, the job consists of typical janitorial work, such as mopping and cleaning toilets, but the hard-working father doesn’t seem to mind so much.
Vautour has only missed a few days out of his 23 years of employment at the college. He said that he didn’t want to work “just for the money,” but instead “because you want to be your best at what you do.”
All of Vautour’s children are very proud and thankful for what he has contributed to their family.
“He is so passionate about work and being able to get us to be the best people we can be,” his daughter Amy said. She’s the oldest of Vautour’s children, who went on to receive a masters in higher education.
“The biggest thing I learned from him was dedication,” said his daughter Alicia, who studied nursing.
In their home, framed on the walls as tradition, are the acceptance letters each of his children received from the college.
Reflecting proudly on each of the letters, Vautour said, “It brings back the memories.”
“When the fifth one graduated, it was sad, just to see [that] it was done,” he went on to say.
Vautour still works at Boston College, despite not having any children attending anymore.
His story was featured in a local paper, labeling his success as a “clean sweep.” Vautour found the description fitting. “I clean, sweep. All five kids got here. So it kinda goes with being a custodian. Clean sweep.”
Regarding his legacy, Vautour said, “I want to be remembered as, the grandkids knowing that the grandfather did a lot for his own.”
Already a grandfather, Vautour is happy to see that his children are already teaching his grandkids the same lessons he taught them.
“It’s a trickle down effect,” Vautour said.
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