Retirement sentiments and wishes are important. They will be cherished more than any gift. Sometimes quotes and poems will provide the right words.
My objective is to help you find those right words so that the retiree knows how you feel on this momentous occasion in his life. Use those words to acknowledge his accomplishments and wish him well in his life of new-found freedom.
Retirement is an end to the regimentation that employment requires. It is a new beginning. An exciting time for the retiree. Your sentiments should express that.
If you can find the right words, write a letter or card. Let him know how he has affected your life. Congratulate him on his new adventure.
See speech content for help in composing your letter.
The one-liner quotes of Henny Youngman and Rodney Dangerfield are available if you'd like to add some humor.
It is hard to believe that you are actually retiring. You decided it was time - not me. I would prefer that you stayed on to continue to guide us. But, I guess, time marches on.
You were my mentor. You taught me so many things. The first was "fairness". You were in charge when I joined the business. After a couple of years, you invited me to be your business partner. The buy-in was more than fair.
You said, "How we treat each other is more important than money". Yes, we had a contract but never needed to look at it in over 30 years.
We had differences of opinion on many things, but never left a meeting in disagreement. You were always willing to compromise to accomplish the bigger goal. Over the years two more business partners joined us. We treated them as you treated me - with "fairness".
I sincerely hope that retirement will give you the time to pursue your many interests. It should also provide the time to do more things with your family - as you so often expressed. I want you to know that we will continue to follow your example and the business values that you have taught me and others.
"The best time to start thinking about your retirement is before the boss does." UNKNOWN
"Retirement at 65 is ridiculous. When I was 65 I still had pimples." GEORGE BURNS
"When a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband but only half the income." CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
"Another good thing about being poor is that when you are 70, your children will not have declared you legally insane in order to gain control of your estate." WOODY ALLEN
"The question isn't at what age I want to retire, it's at what income." GEORGE FORMAN
"You can be young without money but you can't be old without it." TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
"Retire from work, but not from life." M. K. SONI
"Don't simply retire from something: have something to retire to." HARRY EMERSON FOSDICK
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." MARK TWAIN
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." C. S. LEWIS
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature." HELEN KELLER
"Today is the first day of the rest of your life." UNKNOWN
"Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful." NORMAN VINCENT PEALE
"Celebrate endings - for they precede new beginnings." JONATHAN LOCKWOOD HUIE
Traditional Irish Blessing
May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
No alarm clock. No schedule. Read the morning newspaper during breakfast. No traffic.
Remember to thank workers for paying into Social Security. Each day is a weekend day.
Don't be late for the tee time! No stress. New friends. Time for old friends. Time for travel.
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