October 3, 2008
Not that the hyperkinetic Dunleavy hasn't earned a rest - though a truly retired Steve is hard to imagine.
Joining The Post in 1977, he's been a reporter, an editor and a columnist.
Readers across the five boroughs came to love his no-nonsense columns - but none more so than the members of New York's uniformed services, especially its cops and firefighters.
He did more than cheer them on in print: He raised money for the families of officers killed in the line of duty. Indeed, as Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at a packed farewell bash Wednesday night, "He was always there."
Dunleavy never talked down to his readers, nor did he lecture them.
All he ever wanted to do was tell a story. And that he did - simply, clearly and effectively.
Which is why he was always able to do what too few in this profession can: He connected with his readers.
So Steve Dunleavy's colleagues wish him a long and happy retirement.
He had a hell of a ride.