McDonald's worker with Down syndrome retires after 32 years

Freia David pictured in the 1980s working at the Needham McDonald's where she would stay for 32 years. (Charles River Center)

NEEDHAM, Mass. — A Massachusetts McDonald's worker with Down syndrome is finally retiring after more than three decades at the restaurant, according to WBZ-TV.

After 32 years working at the fry station, Freia David's face is a familiar one for many of the customers.

"She is one of the most beautiful and upbeat people you could ever hope to know and I know," wrote loyal patron Christopher Sheehan on Facebook — Sheehan grew up with David and the two are still close.

His post inspired a stream of memories in the comment section from other Needham residents who met David over the years.

"Freia served me the last burger I ever ate at McD's," wrote Julia Frevold. "When I told her I was cutting them out of my diet she was excited to be the person to give me my special last burger from "her" restaurant. I won't forget her smile as I told her I thought the name of a goddess suited her well."

Christopher Sheehan grew up with David and visited her regularly at the McDonald's restaurant in Needham. (Facebook)

"I've known Freia and her family for many years — even worked at McDonald's with her mom and sister back in the '70s," wrote Deirdre Mailing. "She's a great gal and deserves this recognition."

Freia David, who has Down syndrome, lives at Charles River Center in Needham, Massachusetts, a facility for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The McDonald's where she works partnered years ago with the Charles River Center, providing jobs for residents.

A retirement party at the restaurant has been planned for Monday.