We all knew it was coming; how many 80 something-year-olds are still working full time? Even still, when Bob announced his retirement it was a surprise. The general feel in the office was that of sadness, but also excitement for Bob. He has worked so hard his whole life and now he is finally retiring and can enjoy life.

Once the date was set and plans put into motion regarding his replacement, I was tasked with writing a “little something” regarding Bob’s departure and the Rookie replacement. To say I have procrastinated is an understatement; need help with scanning, sure I’ve got time for that. Ran out of milk, don’t worry I’ll go get it, wouldn’t want a coffee riot on our hands.  The truth is it’s very difficult to convey in words how much Bob means to the company. He has been working for this organisation for over a decade and him leaving feels like the ending of an era.

In every way, Bob is a true gentleman. He is so generous with his time and knowledge; always willing to lend a hand to the lost little lambs (such as myself) that approach his desk. There doesn’t seem to be anything that can ruffle his feathers; he’s seen and done it all. Bob has such an ease and calmness about him that will be sorely missed.

Bob and his wife Brenda have plans to move to a little unit in Wellington Point. It will be quite an adjustment considering they currently own a farm on the outskirts of town.  But from what I’ve been told, Bobs did his homework and the retirement village has a reputable Water Aerobics instructor. He is also looking forward to dominating the green in Lawn Bowls.

I’m quite excited about the opportunity I’ve been given and the new role I’m stepping into. I think the thing I’m looking forward to the most is the afternoon naps when it all just gets a bit too much. Although, I’ve been told that when Bob does it, it’s endearing. However, if I try to have a sneaky kip on the job, no one will hesitate to kick my chair and wake me up.

In all seriousness, I don’t think anybody could ever replace Bob, but I will do my best to fill the very big shoes I’ve been left with.

Jodie Thompson is an integral part of administrative and the daily behind the scenes operations at The Investment Collective.