What would you sacrifice for your children? For one devoted dad, it was the possibility of a higher-paying job at a decent hour of the day. The loving father decided the value his job had for his kids mattered much more to him than that.
You see, Fred Vautour has worked the same job as a custodian at Boston College for 23 years. Because the 63-year-old stuck to his career for so long, all five of his children were able to attend that school tuition-free. Yes, really.
After growing up in a broken home with a lack of support, Fred knew he wanted to grow up to work “not just for the money, but because you want to be your best at what you do.”
Many people put janitorial work in a simplistic box along with other not-paid-well gigs, but his employment meant an invaluable benefit for his children — a quality education that allowed them all to graduate debt-free. When all was said and done, he ended up saving $700,000 in tuition for his family.
Not that it’s been an easy job, by any means. Vautour has to work the “graveyard shift” — from midnight to 7 a.m.
“You never really get used to working the night shift, but you just adjust to it,” Vautour said.
That said, he remained committed for the sake of his kids, along with an opportunity to continue to teach them all about the importance and value of hard work. And it looks like his kids have taken his lessons to heart.
“He is so passionate about work and about getting us to be the best people we can be,” his daughter Amy said.
His other daughter Alicia agreed, saying, “The biggest thing I learned from him was dedication.”
How beautiful! We think we can all learn a little lesson from him.