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Looking for a funny retirement speech? Adapt this template and give a wonderfull farewell speech on a co-worker's retirement - Free Download in Word Format.

What Is Retirement—Really?

Retirement is the point in time when an employee chooses to leave his or her employment permanently. Retirement generally coincides with the employee's eligibility to collect retirement resources such as Social Security, a company pension, or distributions from a 401(k) or another retirement plan.

Eligibility for public and private retirement resources varies from country to country as does the retirement age.

An employee may choose retirement for reasons other than the wish to stop working. Employees may suffer ill health or debilitating physical problems that require retirement. Family problems and responsibilities may require retirement.

An employer may require employees to take early retirement in order to cut costs and preserve the business. Whatever the reason, retirement from employment marks the start of the next chapter of an employee's life.

Employees choose diverse methods of retirement. They may leave employment completely or start a second career or part-time work. They may semi-retire or pursue phased retirement during which they gradually decrease the number of hours worked. Some employees retire and then return to work for their same employer in a part-time, temporary, or consulting role.

Fortunately for retiring employees, many options exist to meet their financial, emotional, and social needs in retirement. With sufficient financial resources, the employee may decide to pursue interests other than work and career in retirement.

What Happens When a Coworker Retires?

When a coworker retires, coworkers generally sign the retirement card, participate in the scheduled festivities, and send personal greetings and gifts to honor the retirement occasion. Traditionally, when the momentous occasion of an employee retirement occurs, it is marked as a life passage into the next chapter for the employee.

The employer and the employee's colleagues use the retirement event as one last opportunity to express care and appreciation for a valued coworker. As a consequence, employers and coworkers, who know not what the future brings, want to wish the retiring employee a happy retirement. This is greatly appreciated by the employee who has decided to retire.

But, the employer and coworkers are often more hesitant about how to deliver their retirement wishes effectively and successfully. They frequently use standard gifts that will remind the employee of their workplace in the coming years. Engraved watches, plaques, and desk clocks are examples of a reminder retirement gift.

Retirement Wishes

Here are sample retirement wishes that you can customize for your own use when you have the opportunity to wish a treasured colleague all of the best in retirement. These retirement words wish the coworker the very best thoughts for the future. 

Read through these sample retirement words and wishes to find sentiments that echo your own feelings about a coworker.

  • We're really going to miss you! Hope you'll enjoy every minute of your retirement. Best wishes!
  • I hope you have a wonderful retirement! You will be missed, but never forgotten. You've done so much for all of us.
  • Best wishes for a very happy retirement. Thank you for everything you've done for me directly and indirectly; it's much appreciated and I shall miss working with you. And, of course, if you decide retirement means you've time to follow some artistic dreams, go for them...
  • Your guidance and encouragement have helped me and so many other coworkers thrive in a very competitive environment, and we've been so fortunate to have your expertise to rely on. You'll be missed, but I know your retirement is the right thing at this time. May the next phase of your life bring you all that you seek and more.
  • Recently I wished you congratulations on your retirement. But, I also want you to know what a blessing it's been to work with you over these past few years, and how much I will miss you. Then you responded to my note, and wouldn't you know it, your uplifting words encouraged me more than you could imagine. That's the special kind of person you are! 
  • You helped me so much and your thoughts were always well thought out and to the point. I truly appreciate everything you did for me over the years. You will be missed. I hope that you have something wonderful planned!
  • We'll miss you. But, the time is right for you. I sincerely hope that retirement is wonderful and I wish you lots of joyous time with your family.
  • Just wanted to say that I found so many of your ideas inspiring. It's hard to imagine our workplace without you! I hope retirement brings you the chance to do whatever it is that you always wanted to do but didn't get to. All the best!
  • To say you will be missed seems like such an understatement. You are one of those rare people who instantly became a friend instead of "just" a coworker. There are no words to truly reflect how much we will miss working with you. Not to worry, though, I'll stalk you on FaceBook. Now, get out there and show the world just how much fun you can make possible in retirement.
  • You have made such a difference with your constant optimism, enthusiasm and willingness to answer questions, no matter how stupid. Somehow, you were able to make what seemed complicated into something we could all be excited about and get behind. I know we'll all really miss you. Thank you for everything you've done and please enjoy yourself!
  • It has been a joy to work with someone so passionate, calm and professional all at the same time. While I've only had the chance to work with you briefly, it's clear that your dedication to our customers has made a huge positive impact on our company. I hope retirement brings you wonderful things. You will be greatly missed.
  • You have been so wonderful to work with—so many brilliant and creative ideas and suggestions that I've lost track - and you will be sorely missed. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with you. You're also a wonderful friend and I appreciate your friendship and caring more than I can say. Our friendship, which is near and dear to my heart, will continue, I know.
  • Working with you was such a pleasure. I always appreciated your thoughtful, steady approach to solving any problem large or small. You proved that it doesn't take a loud voice to accomplish tremendous things. Best of luck, and enjoy your retirement!
  • It was great working with you—your work truly made a lasting impact, and one that has changed the company for the better in so many ways. I always appreciated how you were readily available to lend an ear and help solve any problem. We will miss you very much, but I wish you the best in retirement! Thanks for everything!
  • I just want to say, "Thank You." You always listened, you always had something constructive to say, and you always offered support and encouragement with an unflagging spirit. I've learned so much from you, and I will miss working with you. Keep in touch, please. Now go... go on, get the skis out, find the canoe, get started on the "to be read" pile. Enjoy! You deserve it.
  • Working with you has been an immense pleasure for the past couple of years. Your graciousness about the people with whom you work, your delight in and your acknowledgment of their successes, and your ability to make them the heroes, has always impressed me. Your work brought a huge, new capacity to my work that is helping me to live out my own personal and professional mission. And, my audience benefits from your contributions every day. On a personal level, I have enjoyed our friendship and will delight in continuing it into your retirement, even when we no longer work together regularly.
  • While your lovely presence will be missed in the office, the great work you did here ensures that you will not be forgotten anytime soon. What you achieved at this company made quite an impact, and that’s not so easy to do these days. Thank you for being a tireless professional, a helpful coworker, and a good friend. Now go and relax!

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Looking for a funny retirement speech? Adapt this template and give a wonderfull farewell speech on a co-worker's retirement - Free Download in Word Format.

Retirement Wishes That'll Be Remembered for a Lifetime

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Wish them a happy retirement with a pretty card and one of these retirement messages!

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50+ Retirement Messages

  1. May you have a relaxing new chapter ahead – one where you will have unlimited time enjoying your life. Happy Retirement!
  2. Start listening to your heart… it’s the best gift you can give yourself when you retire. Congratulations.
  3. Life tends to give happiness in installments – the biggest and best one being right up ahead. Congratulations on retiring.
  4. Thanks for making our work life much easier and funny. Now you can unwind your mind and spend some time with your family and best friends. May you get the best of everything in life.
  5. All your life you were wondering why you tolerated an annoying boss and put up with irritating colleagues – retirement is the answer. Congratulations.
  6. Enjoy your freedom and unlimited weekends! Congratulations on your retirement!
  7. The main course of your life has been amazing. Now finish it off with a classic dessert. Wish you a happy retirement.
  8. Morning coffees will finally be what they are meant to be – relaxed and de-stressing. Happy retirement.
  9. Not only you were my boss, you were also a great friend that I can turn to throughout our years together in the office/company. Cheers to a hard-earned and well-deserved retirement!
  10. 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.
  11. Now you have no excuses for not having enough time for posting selfies with grandkids. Congratulations on retiring.
  12. Retirement is equals to freedom. I hope you enjoy doing the things that you don’t have time for before. Congratulations! Happy Retirement!
  13. No more targets, no more goals, no more KPIs and no more meetings. All there’s left to do now is to unfurl all the happiness that life has in store. Congratulations on your retirement.
  14. Wishing a very special person a fulfilling retirement. May your new journey be filled with joy!
  15. Retirement is equals to freedom. I hope you enjoy doing the things that you don’t have time for before. Congratulations! Happy Retirement!
  16. Stock up with lots of drinks, good music and delicious food – the biggest party of your life is about to start. Happy retirement.
  17. Wishing you a long, happy, and healthy retirement.
  18.  Retirement is your chance to be true to your own self. It is an opportunity to pick up forgotten hobbies and nurture the little kid within you. After all, it’s never too late to start living the life that you have always wanted to.
  19. Wishing you the best on your life after this retirement. We’ll miss you.
  20. No more targets, no more goals, no more KPIs and no more meetings. All there’s left to do now is to unfurl all the happiness that life has in store. Congratulations on your retirement.
  21. 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!.
  22. You have been a big part of the company. Your knowledge and years of experience brought the company to where it is today. Thank you for all the hard work! We will miss you so much!
  23.  Retirement is when life gives you the greatest reward there can ever be – peace of mind. Congratulations.
  24. You now don’t have to wake up to the sound of your alarm clock beckoning you to work. You can enjoy unlimited time of golfing, driving around town and cooking, unless you want to take my place? Happy Retirement!
  25. Best wishes on your retirement, may it be even better than you ever imagined.
  26. Congratulations on your retirement. We wish you tons of happiness in the years ahead.
  27. Don’t worry about setting a budget for your retirement. Just focus on setting a timelines to fulfill all your dreams. Congratulations.
  28. Congratulations, now the fun begins. Best wishes on your new chapter in life.
  29. To one of the best people that the company/office has ever had. Congratulations on your retirement!
  30. Best wishes for your retirement. Make sure that you Keep working hard, and be your own boss.
  31. Wishing you good health, good luck and great success in your retirement.
  32. Retirement is the moment when all your favorite colleagues turn into your best friends.
  33. Best wishes for you on retirement. Enjoy your time with your family and friends. May every moment of your life be fulfilling and full of joy.
  34. All your hard work has been paid off! It is time for you to take that vacation you have been craving for without worrying about getting to work the next day. You deserve it! Happy Retirement!
  35. Retiring is like falling in love for the first time. Thinking about it gives you butterflies in the stomach and you will never know how it feels until you actually retire. Happy retirement.
  36. Retirement is life’s biggest irony. You’ve got all the free time in the world to do whatever you like, but your aging body will probably refuse to do most of those things. Have fun!
  37. I wish that your retirement will be everything you dreamed that it would be.
  38. As your career comes to an end, please know that your influence carries on. Countless lives have been impacted through the knowledge you have imparted. Hoping your retirement is everything you ever dreamed it could be.
  39. Best wishes and good luck for a fulfilling retirement.
  40. 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.
  41. Retirement is like a never-ending weekend party except that you can’t drink, can’t hook up and can’t stay up all night even if you want to. So in short, it is boring. Congratulations.
  42. Retirement is the best time to spend all your savings – they aren’t going to be of much use later. Congratulations.
  43. People retire because they reach a certain age, but businessmen like you can retire because they’ve reached the zenith of success. Congratulations.
  44. You may have got many promotions throughout your career, but the best perks of your life star now as you spend more time with your friends and family. Congratulations on retiring.
  45. Your retirement actually means that you got promoted to one of the best roles in your life. Congratulations.
  46. Congratulations, now every day will feel like a never-ending weekend. All of us at the office are jealous and very happy for you. Happy Retirement!
  47. You deserved it! Jet to your private island, switch off your phone and enjoy the well deserved rest. Happy Retirement!
  48. I didn’t believe you will make it, but you did – now it’s time to say goodbye not just to your colleagues, but also to your phone and computer. Enjoy your well deserved rest and keep in touch.
  49. The most joyful time of your  life – now you are officially allowed to do whatever you please! Where would the road take you? Happy Retirement!
  50. The wait is over – your retirement age approached faster than you thought and now it’s time to make a plan B – tick off some major life goals and do what makes you happy. You are retired and entitled to be a little selfish. Enjoy!

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Farewell Speech for Friends

retirement speeches for a friend

Retirement Wishes Continued – Looking for retirement quotes, wishes and sayings or what to write in a retirement card? Great, we have pulled together all of the retirement wishes from all over the internet. Here are the top 100 retirement wishes, sayings and quotes for what to write in a retirement card.

Retirement Wishes Continued:

  1. Think about it, now you never have to ask for a day off again. Happy Retirement!
  2. Happy retirement wishes! Wishing you all the best in your new retired life. 
  3. All the best for an amazing retirement! Enjoy your new chapter in life, where you become your own boss.
  4. As one chapter ends, another begins, welcome to your new found freedom! 
  5. When someone as wonderful as you finally gets to retire it makes my heart melt! Congrats and all the best to your relaxing years ahead!
  6. Are you ready for that golf trip you were always telling me about? Enjoy your golf retirement! 
  7. You will always be remembered for your accomplishments. Thank you for your years of hard work and dedication to our team, and congrats on your retirement!
  8. Retiring means less responsibility and “almost” no work. Please let me know if you need help finding things to do, my garage could use a once over ha ha ha! Congrats (insert name)! 
  9. Now that you’re retired you can do all the things you enjoy. Have a happy retirement!
  10. Now that you are retired, what are you going to do with all of that free time? I could fill up your Tuesday’s with coffee and gossip? What do you say? Enjoy yourself out there! 
  11. Enjoy the fruits of your hard labor. Here’s to wishing you a relaxing and wonderful retirement.
  12. I’m so happy to see you reach your goal! Retirement holds new beginnings for you. Seek out everything that retirement has to offer you. 
  13. You’ve worked your entire life for this day, you deserve it, and all the best for a happy retirement!
  14. You are an amazing co-worker, I will never forget all the little tips and tricks you taught me along the way. You are an inspiration to us all. Congrats on your well deserved retirement days. 
  15. Thank you for being an amazing example for me and our team. Your dedication and hard work is really inspiring! I will never forget you for that! Enjoy your retirement!
  16. You have made us and the company better, and for that we thank you. Enjoy your retirement! 
  17. Thank you for always challenging us to become the best at what we do. Congrats on your retirement!
  18. Now that you’re retired, you get to spend everyday with your wife. I’m sure you can’t wait to get your green thumb dirty again! Enjoy it. 
  19. All of the wonderful things you’ve done for us will not be forgotten. Congrats on the fruits of your hard labor!
  20. Leave your past behind and embrace your new future. Work it over, retirement is here! Let’s go!
  21. Retirement is all about embracing your future and leaving the past behind. Enjoy the years ahead!
  22. Are you seriously retiring already? It seems like you just started yesterday. You will be deeply missed my friend! 
  23. All The Best wishes on your early retirement. Enjoy the new opportunities to do fun and wonderful things just for you.
  24. Thank you for inspiring us all to do our absolute best. You are a very motivating and pleasant person to work with. You will not be forgotten after you retire! 
  25. Thank you for always motivating us to do our best. We wish you an amazing retirement with years of enjoyment to come!
  26. You are a true friend! Our years of work together have showed me that you can love your work if you love the people you work with. Thank you for proving that to me! Happy Retirement! 
  27. You will be deeply missed! You are truly a one in million person that can never be replaced! Enjoy your retirement!
  28. Make sure you enjoy retirement like you enjoyed working with all of us! Send us a postcard from your next trip. 
  29. It’s sad to say goodbye, but great to know you are headed on to greener pastures! Congrats!
  30. We hate to see you go, but love to see you walk away… into retirement that is ha ha ha. Congratulations, you deserve it! 
  31. It will be tough to find someone that works as hard and is dedicated as much as you are! Congrats from the whole team!
  32. Say goodbye to slow Mondays and pointless staff meetings ha ha ha! Your new life is waiting for you.
  33. You are one of the hardest working people I have ever met! You earned every single part of your retirement! Great job and adios amigo. 
  34. Retirement is the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. Let’s hope the next chapter of your life are as good or better as your previous! Congratulations!
  35. You have earned every bit of your retirement days! We are so happy for you! 
  36. Have fun with your new found freedom! Here’s to hoping your retirement is a dream come true!
  37. Now that you got your boss off your back you can do what you want, when you want, as long as your wife approves of course ha ha ha!
  38. I’m sure you never thought this day would come… Well other than that calendar you had that marked down the last days until your retirement ha ha ha! Enjoy yourself my friend, you will be greatly missed! 
  39. You deserve retirement! You’ve worked hard for your family and deserve to take a break! Congrats.
  40. We can tell that you loved your job! Let’s hope your retirement brings you the same fulfillment or even more!
  41. Here’s to hoping your new found freedom in retirement brings you fun, relaxation and enjoyment! All the best to you.
  42. You will be greatly missed! We hope you enjoy your retirement as much as we enjoyed having you around the office. All the best! 
  43. A wife’s full-time job starts when her husband retires. Glad to see you got promoted!
  44. Consider this an extended vacation that never ends… Only you don’t get paid days off ha ha ha!
  45. Never again will you have to face dreaded Mondays! Every day for you is the weekend now! Lucky You.
  46. Very few people dedicate themselves to their job the way you have. Now, its time to take some time for yourself and I can only imagine the kind of things you are going to get into.
  47. Travel, relax, enjoy life and spend all the kids inheritance (they will never know ha ha ha). Best of wishes.
  48. Here’s to wishing you health, wealth and happiness in retirement. Congratulations to you!
  49. Now that you’ve retired, you can start doing all of the wonderful things I’ve heard you talking about over the years! Congrats.
  50. You leave your old boss in the past after retirement and start life with your new boss, your wife. Good luck my friend!

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Re: Instant Retirement Speeches. From: David Greenberg, Professional Speaker and Speech Writer Dear Friend,. Here's the story As a professional speaker.

Retirement Speech Ideas: These Will Leave the Crowd Spellbound

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Retirement Speech Ideas: These Will Leave the Crowd Spellbound

Leaving behind a huge part of your life when you retire can be quite overwhelming, especially if you have to talk about it. Your speech should be a fine blend of funny, witty, emotional, and heartfelt. A speech made at the office is usually more employee-based and formal. If the retirement party is held at a restaurant or as a casual get-together in somebody's home, then the speech can be more informal.
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Retirement is an occasion that is very special for most people. After all, it marks the finale of a successful career that you chose your life to build. Since it can often be an emotional occasion, people usually find it difficult to know exactly what to say - even more so because retirement speeches are usually given at a party, and therefore should not be too lengthy. Irrespective of whether it is your own retirement party that you are planning to speak at, or that of a colleague, it is an obligation, as well as an honor to give a speech. With the right words, which express genuine feelings, anyone can make a speech that can be heartfelt and touching.
It is important to ascertain how long you can speak at the occasion. After all, the last thing you want to do is bore your audience with a speech that drags on and on. However, neither do you want to keep it too short, without doing justice to the occasion, to yourself, if you are the retiree, or if you are making the speech for a colleague, to that person.
Planning well ahead is crucial when deciding on what you want to talk about. You mention important milestones and anecdotes regarding your career, or of the person you are speaking about. Don't forget to mention the people, who have been important in your career, the special friends you made on the way, and of course how your spouse helped you, if that is applicable. In order to make certain about the direction you want your speech to go in, make a draft of your speech, or at least a note.
If you are planning to improvise a lot, then make sure to rehearse the speech in front of family or friends, and get their opinion about how you speak as well as the content of your speech. For instance, they will notice if you are speaking too fast or are fidgety.
Be Familiar with the Venue
It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the venue before making a public speech. It just makes you more comfortable. So check out beforehand where things like the stage, the steps, the mike, and the lighting are.
The Internet is a great source for retirement speech ideas, including funny one-liners, quotes and so on. You could even compose a poem to make your speech unique. And if you are stuck for ideas about that, you will find plenty poem ideas on the net, which you can modify accordingly. However, even though websites can be a good source of inspiration, it is always best to make your speech as original as possible, to touch the right chord in your audience.
As for the retirement party itself, it's great fun throwing one for a long time colleague. It's a good way to celebrate the special relationships he/she formed in the organization as well as the special contributions he/she had made. You could base the party on a theme, decorate the venue with the accomplishments and life of the guest-of-honor, such as photographs, trophies, and awards, and also give him/her a souvenir as a token of appreciation. Choose an appropriate toast, lift up your glass, and give your colleague a send-off that he/she will remember for a long time.

With these tips to help you, I am sure your retirement speech is going to be a wonderful one. So go out there, and give it your best! Wish you luck!

The farewell will be tearful but it will be yet another memory that'll hold everything together even when you and your friend are thousands of miles apart. 1) Sorry.

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