My husband announced that he is going to retire the end of March 2016. It will be very bitter/sweet for him. How to you say good-bye to a company that you were with when it had its humble beginnings? Starting as the truck driver 41 years ago and growing into one of the Managers in just a few short years. The building he has been working in for the last 32 years he had the opportunity to supervise the construction from the ground up. He had a voice in every part of it. That is how much the owners trusted him and his decisions. We as a family even spent many hours assembling shelves, cleaning, and just enjoying the progress made each day. My children all have worked at sometime or other in that building. I even answered phones one day when the receptionist was gone. (One day was enough for all of us!)
The most important joy he has had is the people who he has met and become fast friends with through the years. Many of them are gone now but he stills talks of them and the things they taught him through the years. He has many employees that have been with him for many years. He has appreciated them and cares about them. Not many can say that they were able to dedicate their life to a company and enjoy so many things about it. (Of course there are always a few rough spots but what job is always perfect?) What a wonderful life he has provided for us his family. We have had all we ever needed and then some. That is the kind of dedicated person that he is. He puts his all into what ever he does. I am so proud of him and the example he has given to my children of, "an honest days work for an honest days pay." I really do think it is a reward to be able to leave this kind of legacy. Well done Russell, Thank you for all you have done. I Love you.