Retirement Message Categories

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When someone you know, be they a friend, family member or co-worker retires it is a special occasion. One of the things most of us do is to wish them success and congratulate them on having retired. This can be done in person or with a message in a retirement card. But finding the right words can be difficult. You may want to express how much they mean to you or how much they will be missed. You will probably want to wish them all the best and to offer your congratulations on a lifetimes or work. If you are lost for what to say for retirement congratulations words then we have provided many different examples of ways to phrase your sentiments perfectly for a card message or speech.

So below you can use one or more of our selection of retirement congratulations messages for your card or speech, either directly as they are or changing them to fit your own circumstances.


Congratulations on your retirement; the end of an era but the start of a whole new chapter.


Retirement is when life gives you the greatest reward there can ever be – peace of mind. Congratulations.


Retirement is an opportunity that life gives you to stop complaining about not having the time or chance to do what you always wanted. Congratulations.


Don’t retire with regrets of what you couldn’t do. Retire with ambitions of what you will do now. Congratulations.


Congratulations on your well deserved retirement


Wow, you look way too young to retire, but congratulations on beginning the next phase of your life.


Congratulations, may you enjoy your retirement to the fullest.


Congratulations on your retirement. Thanks for your years of dedication and hard work.


Congratulations on your retirement! If you ever get bored, give us a call us and hang out with us.


Congratulations on your retirement, we’re so happy for you.


Congratulations on your retirement. Now you can use your time to relax and enjoy all the things you haven’t had time for before.


Congratulations, but we will miss seeing your face.


Thankful for the time we all shared together. Congratulations!


So jealous you get to leave this place, but guess you earned it! Congratulations


To my best friend, I watched you work so hard over the years. Congrats on retiring, you have certainly earned it and more!


After seeing you accomplish so much, I have a massive respect for you, my friend. Congratulations.


Congratulations on your huge accomplishments! You deserve everything and more. Congrats, my friend!


Excited for additional time with you during this retirement! Congratulations!
Congratulations on your retirement and good luck!


Congrats on your retirement…wishing you lots of love, peace, good health, wealth and happiness!

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So grateful for your commitment through the years. Congratulations!


This card is just a tangible expression of my heartfelt sentiments. I will miss you and all that you brought to the workplace. Congratulations.


As you retire, remember that you have left behind a legacy of encouragement, achievement and work ethic that will always be part of your co-workers. Congratulations


You will finally have time to ferret out that special fishing spot or to sleep through an afternoon game on TV. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Congratulations on your retirement.


The staff has never been “on the same page” about business plans or implementing policies, but we are all in agreement on this: you will be missed.


Congratulations on your retirement.
You have a wealth of information and experience that can never be replaced. So, if I need you, can I put you on “speed dial?” Congratulations on your retirement.


Congratulations on your retirement. Have an adventure in your new life.


Congratulations on your retirement. Your experience, knowledge, dedication and presence will be sorely missed. Best of luck in your brand new adventure!


All your hard work and years of service have finally paid off. Congratulations on your retirement. Enjoy your new free time doing all the things that you want to do.


Congratulations on your retirement! Can you imagine hours and hours of enjoying your hobbies, days and days of doing whatever you want? You are one lucky person. Best wishes on your retirement.


Best wishes to you as you take up the new role of retiree. It is a tough job in case you did not know. Best wishes on your retirement!


Congratulations on your retirement! Take that trip, start that hobby, climb that mountain. Whatever you ever wanted to do you can now do. Best wishes on your retirement


May the many years ahead bring you all joy and relaxation. Congratulations on your retirement!


To one of the best people that the company/office has ever had. Congratulations on your retirement!


You are an embodiment of optimism and hard work. Thank you for inspiring us every day at work. We will miss you! Congratulations on your retirement!


I will never forget all the things you have taught me whether at work or in life. You are one of the reasons I have fun working. Congratulations! Happy retirement!


The office will not be the same without you around. You will surely be missed! Congratulations on your retirement!


Congratulations on your retirement. Have an adventure in your new life.


Congratulations on your retirement. Your experience, knowledge, dedication and presence will be sorely missed. Best of luck in your brand new adventure!


Congratulations on retiring. It has been a pleasure working alongside you, and I wish you all the best. Thank you for everything you have done!

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Retirement is the beginning of the time when you can sit back and give advice to others, even though you never followed it in your own life. Congratulations.


Thankful for the time we all shared together. Congratulations!
Safe travels, good luck, and congrats on your retirement.


This card is just a tangible expression of my heartfelt sentiments. I will miss you and all that you brought to the workplace. Congratulations.


As you retire, remember that you have left behind a legacy of encouragement, achievement and work ethic that will always be part of your co-workers. Congratulations.


You will finally have time to ferret out that special fishing spot or to sleep through an afternoon game on TV. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Congratulations on your retirement


All your hard work and years of service have finally paid off. Congratulations on your retirement. Enjoy your new free time doing all the things that you want to do.


Congratulations on your well deserved successful retirement and we wish you happiness in the years ahead…
Who said life is boring? You are beginning the most exciting phase of your life as you begin your retirement. Congratulations!


Congratulations on your retirement! Take that trip, start that hobby, climb that mountain. Whatever you ever wanted to do you can now do. Best wishes on your retirement


The office will not be the same without you around. You will surely be missed! Congratulations on your retirement!

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Let’s face it, a regular retirement card can often be a bit boring. The same bland wishes or words. However,a good way you can liven up your message is to inject a bit of humour into it. If you know the retiring person well enough then poking fun at them or being a bit cheeky in their retirement card is the perfect way to avoid the usual clichés.

Some good, funny retirement quotes will get them chuckling away, so take advantage of these quotes below and use them to brighten this momentous event.


“When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a watch.”
R.C. Sherriff


“I have never liked working. To me a job is an invasion of privacy.” Danny McGoorty


“When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income.”
Chi Chi Rodriguez


“The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” ~Abe Lemons


“Retirement: It’s nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese.” ~Gene Perret


“I’m retired — goodbye tension, hello pension!” ~Author Retirement:


“Middle age is when work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work.” ~Author Unknown


“Retirement can be a great joy if you can figure out how to spend time without spending money.” ~Author Unknown


“Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.” ~Gene Perret

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“Yes,” he laughed, “I’ve been attending lots of seminars in my retirement. They’re called naps.” ~Terri Guillemets


“The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does.” ~Author Unknown


“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” ~Will Rogers, Autobiography, 1949


“When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking.” ~Gail SheehyhPerretgolf.

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“When you retire, you switch bosses — from the one who hired you to the one who married you.” ~Gene Perret


“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” ~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes


“I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day.” ~Gene Perret


“In retirement, every day is Boss Day and every day is Employee Appreciation Day.” ~Terri Guillemets


“Retirement is like a long vacation in Vegas. The goal is to enjoy these years to the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.” ~Jonathan Clements, “Playing the Right Cards For a Long Retirement,” The Wall Street Journal, November 1999

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“Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.” ~George Burns


“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.” ~Ogden Nash


“One of the problems with retirement is that it gives you more time to read about all the problems of retirement.”

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“Retirement adds 5 days to your weekend! Enjoy it!”


“What? Are you old enough to be retiring?”


“I have never liked working. To me a job is an invasion of privacy.” Danny McGoorty


“Retirement, a time to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, where you want to do it, and, how you want to do it.” Catherine Pulsifer

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“There are some who start their retirement long before they stop working” – Robert Half


“When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income” – Chi Chi Rodriguez


“Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it” – Gene Perret

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“A retired husband is often a wife’s full- time job” – Ella Harris


“I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day” – Gene Perret


“I would like to extend my condolences to your employer for the devastating loss. Happy retirement!”

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Expressing your happiness, best wishes or good luck to someone retiring can be done in a lot of different ways. Sometimes the most appropriate or fitting way is by poetry or using a poem. A well considered, thoughtful or even humourous poem can perfectly sum up the way you are feeling, find the words you are struggling with and be appreciated by the person receiving the card.

You are free to use the retirement poems whichever way you see best – be that to convey your feelings to whoever is retiring, show them how much they’ll be missed, give them a laugh etc. Whatever you choose they will no doubt appreciate the use of poetry during this eventful time.


Retired is being twice tired, I’ve thought
First tired of working,
Then tired of not.
~Richard Armour


O, blest retirement! friend to life’s decline –
How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these,
A youth of labor with an age of ease!
~Oliver Goldsmith


Lubbock, “Recreation,” The Use of Life Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. ~John, 1894


So many worlds,
So much to see and do,
So little seen
and done by others,
means many more things
to be seen and done
by extraordinary you.
— from Life’s Secret Handbook (Reminders for Adventurous Souls Who Want to Make a Big Difference in This World


Age is opportunity no less,
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away,
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Enjoy the Spring of Love and Youth,
To some good angel leave the rest;
For Time will teach thee soon the truth,
There are no birds in last year’s nest!
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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When you are old and gray and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
— William Butler Yeats


You can say it with flowers
You can say it with wine
But to make her stinkin’ sentimental
Say it with a Lincoln Continental.
— Robert Byrne

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May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
— Irish Retirement Blessing


O, blest retirement! Friend to life’s decline –
How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these,
A youth of labor with an age of ease!
— Goldsmith

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Ten thousand flowers in spring
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
— Wu-men
Grow old with me!
The best is yet to be.
— Robert Browning


May the road rise to meet you, the wind be always at your back, the sun shine warm upon your house, the rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. – Traditional Gaelic Blessing

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One thing you can do if you are struggling to find the appropriate words for a retirement card message is to use one or more retirement quotes. This gives you the opportunity of using the words or feelings already articulated by someone else, perhaps in a better way, but also find something inspiring or with a different perspective of retirement.

So use one or more of the famous poets, authors and celebrities from the selection of retirement quotes below to help your retirement card stand out and offer more than just a standard, run of the mill greeting or message.


“For retirement brings repose, and repose allows a kindly judgment of all things.” John Sharp Williams


“Retire from work, but not from life.” M. K. Soni


“For retirement brings repose, and repose allows a kindly judgment of all things.” John Sharp Williams


“The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income. ~George Foreman


“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” ~Will Rogers, Autobiography, 1949

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“Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me,” Hartman said in sudden seriousness. “I never had the time before to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife, the tree outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself.” ~Terri Guillemets

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“Retirement without the love of letters is a living burial.” ~Seneca


“Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it.” ~Bernard Baruch


“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” ~Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne


“I try to treat each evening and weekend as little slices of retirement because no one is guaranteed a lengthy one at the end of their career.” ~Mike Hammar


“Retirement means no pressure, no stress, no heartache…… Unless you play golf” – Gene Perret

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“When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income” – Chi Chi Rodriguez


“Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it” – Gene Perret


“A retired husband is often a wife’s full- time job” – Ella Harris


“I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day” – Gene Perret


“When you retire, you switch bosses – from the one who hired you to the one who married youx – Gene Perret


“But what, it may be asked, are the requisites for a life of retirement? A man may be weary of the toils and torments of business, and yet quite unfit for the tranquil retreat. Without literature, friendship, and religion, retirement is in most cases found to be a dead, flat level, a barren waste, and a blank. Neither the body nor the soul can enjoy health and life in a vacuum.”
— Richter

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“Age [along with retirement] appears to be best in four things — old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.”
— Francis Bacon

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“Retire from work, but not from life.”
– M.K. Soni


“The key to retirement is to find joy in the little things.”
– Susan Miller


“I’m not just retiring from the company, I’m also retiring from my stress, my commute, my alarm clock, and my iron.”
– Hartman Jule


“Retirement is not a work status, it’s an attitude”


“Planning to retire? Before you do, find your hidden passion, do the thing that you have always wanted to do.” Catherine Pulsifer

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“Sit back and relax and do the things you never got a chance to do.” Julie Hebert


“For retirement brings repose, and repose allows a kindly judgment of all things.” John Sharp Williams


“Best wishes on your retirement. Enjoy a rest that’s overdue. Take pleasure in the finer things that are awaiting you.” Judith Wibberley


“Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning.” Catherine Pulsifer


“Retirement – now life begins.” Catherine Pulsifer


“Retirement, a time to enjoy all the things you never had time to do when you worked.” Catherine Pulsifer


“There are some who start their retirement long before they stop working.” Robert Half

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“Life begins at retirement.” ~Author Unknown<


“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” ~Doug Larson


“When you retire, think and act as if you were still working; when you’re still working, think and act a bit as if you were already retired.” ~Author

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“Retirement means no pressure, no stress, no heartache… unless you play golf. Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.” ~Jim Bishop


“Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.” ~Harry
Vardon


“Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to.” ~Harry Emerson Fosdick


“The thing to do is to make so much money that you don’t have to work after the age of twenty-seven. In case this is impracticable, stop work at the earliest possible moment, even if it is at a quarter past eleven on the morning of the day when you find you do have enough money.” ~Robert Benchley


“I’m now as free as the breeze — with roughly the same income.” ~Gene Perret .


“Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can’t retire his experience. He must use it.” ~Bernard Baruch

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“A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, as its recipients have given up so many of their golden hours in a lifetime of service.” ~Terri Guillemets


“Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.” ~Herbert Asquith


“Retirement is the ugliest word in the language.” ~Ernest Hemingway


“Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness. ~William Wordsworth
Retirement is having nothing to do and someone always keeping you from it. ~Robert Brault”


“I try to treat each evening and weekend as little slices of retirement because no one is guaranteed a lengthy one at the end of their career.” ~Mike Hammar


Retirement is wonderful if you have two essentials — much to live on and much to live for. I believe that I now have both.”
— Unknown wise person


“As in all successful ventures, the foundation of a good retirement is planning.”
-Earl Nightingale


“There is a whole new kind of life ahead, full of experiences just waiting to happen. Some call it retirement. I call it bliss.”
– Betty Sullivan


“There are so many other interesting ways to spend your time. I feel like early retirement is a gift, but it’s such an incredible gift. It’s a gift I need to use.”
– Martha Felt-Bardon


“Retirement means doing whatever I want to do. It means choice.”
– Dianne Nahirny


“I work harder now that I have retired from corporate life, than when I actually worked, but I love it.”
– Catherine Pulsifer


“Retirement, a time to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, where you want to do it, and, how you want to do it.”
– Catherine Pulsifer

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When someone you know, be that a friend, family member or co-worker retires then you may want to send a retirement card. This gives you the opportunity to wish them well in their new phase of life. However, it can often be difficult coming up with the right words. Knowing exactly what to say, finding the words to express what you’re feeling and just trying to avoid causing any offence can all be tricky to navigate when writing your retirement wishes.

With that in mind we’ve put together an extensive range of retirement card wishes for you to use as you feel best.

So use the selection of retirement wishes below either as inspiration for writing your own or use them exactly as they are to express the sentiments you feel towards whoever it is that is retiring.


Best wishes and good luck for a fulfilling retirement.


Wishing you a long and joyous retirement.


Wishing you the best in this next phase in your life.


Wishing you a lengthy and satisfying retirement.


My best wishes on your retirement. You have a bright future ahead of you; enjoy it.


However will you get along without seeing my face every day? Never mind, I’m sure you’ll manage. Best wishes on your retirement.


Happy retirement day!


Good luck retiring!


Enjoy your golden years!


Wishing you well through retirement!


Happy, happy retirement!


Enjoy this new journey!


Wishing you well during your retirement and travels.


Wishing you the best on your life after this retirement. We’ll miss you.


Wishing you all the joy and happiness that a happy retirement can bring.


Best wishes on your retirement. Enjoy a rest that’s overdue. Take pleasure in the finer things that are awaiting you.” Judith Wibberley

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Sending you loving wishes for a truly amazing retirement
Best wishes on your retirement, may it be even better than you ever imagined
May your retirement be the best days of your life.


We’ll miss you. You are one of a kind, and will not be easily replaced. Enjoy your retirement.


May your do all the things you love to do and avoid the things you don’t like to do in your retirement.


May you live out your retirement dreams to its fullest


Wishing you an amazing retirement, the best is still to come


May your retirement be filled with many new adventures, meaningful moments, and much happiness.


May your retirement be a special time spent with friends and family doing all the things that you enjoy to do.


Hoping your retirement brings you all the best things in life


Wishing you the best through retirement, but please come back to visit periodically.


Wishing you all the best for your retirement. May all your retirement dreams come true.


Wishing you a wonderful retirement. May you enjoy your retirement to the fullest.


Wishing you the most exciting and stress-free retirement ever.


Wishing you and your family all the best as you enter into a new phase of your life. May you enjoy the extra time that you’ll be spending with them.


I wish that your retirement will be everything you dreamed that it would be.


Good luck and best wishes to you on your retirement.


Best wishes for a relaxing and happy retirement.


Wishing you good health, good luck and great success in your retirement.


Sending you loving wishes for a truly amazing retirement.


Wishing you the best, but wishing it was me.
Hope to see you soon, even though you will not miss us one bit!


Wishing you happiness and peace for the rest of your life.


Wishing you only the best! Happy day!


With the warmest of wishes and the warmest of hearts, so excited for your new adventure!


Sincerest wishes on your retirement!


My best wishes on your retirement. You have a bright future ahead of you; enjoy it.


Enjoy the freedom your achievement has earned. Happy retirement


A successful team is a group of many hands but of one mind. We were glad to work with a boss like you and wish you a happy retirement!


Some people just know how to bring out the best in others. You are this type of co-worker! Thank you for everything you did. Good bye and good luck!


Wishing a very special person a fulfilling retirement. May your new journey be filled with joy!


Best wishes for a fun-filled but relaxing retirement. I’ll think of you often. But now forget all meetings and worries – it’s your day!


Wish you all the joy and happiness a happy retirement can bring to you! Have happy days for your rest of your life!


Best wishes for your happy retirement.


We really appreciate the things you have done for us so far with a smiling face!
We’re really going to miss you! Hope you’ll enjoy every minute of your retirement. Best wishes!


I send you my heartfelt happy retirement wishes as you begin this new journey of your life.


Best wishes to you as you take up the new role of retiree. It is a tough job in case you did not know. Best wishes on your retirement!


You always loved Sundays because it meant time off and rest. Now you have three hundred and sixty five Sundays all coming one after another for as many years as lie ahead of you. What a lucky person you are. Best wishes on your retirement.


You are free at last my friend, so go and enjoy your freedom and find something less stressful to do. Happy retirement to you.


Life never stops and retirement is just the beginning of a new phase of life. Embrace it with joy and may peace and happiness come along for the ride too. Happy retirement.


Good teachers are the reason why ordinary students dream to do extraordinary things. Wish you a happy retirement.

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Retirement is life’s way of telling you that it is time you put your friends and family before your work. Happy retirement.


Your career’s biggest souvenirs are your colleagues’ good wishes. Happy retirement.


May you have a fun and bright new chapter ahead of you – one where you will have unlimited time for relaxation. Happy Retirement!


Wishing you a new journey of success and happiness in the new page of your life. May you be showered with abundant opportunities to do what your heart desires. Happy retirement!


It was a pleasure working with you and getting to know you. Have an awesome retirement!


If anyone deserves a great retirement it’s you. You have worked hard for so many years. Best wishes!


Retirement is the reward you get for putting up with co-workers like me for many years. I wish you the best!


This is not the end for you. As a chapter of your life ends a new one begins and we all wish you a very happy and fulfilling retirement.


May your retirement be the best days of your life.


Happy retirement! I know you can look back on your time with us as one of achievement and a job well done. Here’s hoping that you find the same in whatever adventure you have planned next


Happy retirement! You can do anything and everything you’ve always wanted! So, you’re probably just going to sleep, right?


We will miss your wisdom and experience, but most of all, we will miss the encouragement you have been to us. We wish you the happiest of retirements.


You are the kind of person that brings the best out in others! Thank you for everything you did. Wishing you a life full of success and happiness!