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After 45 years, Repco man says au revoir to colleagues

Glen Saunders retired after 45 years working at Repco. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Glen Saunders retired after 45 years working at Repco. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

FOR the past 45 years, Glen Saunders has got up, put on his uniform and marched into work at 7.15am exactly.

Not today.

To celebrate his first day of retirement, the Repco Rockhampton employee will sit on his porch and wave happily to all the people driving past on their way to the office.

After a stint in the army Glen started work as a delivery driver - on a bicycle that is - in the Alma St shop when he was 22-years-old.

Glen said he eventually learnt spare parts and he's been doing that ever since.

He's been there for everything from the introduction of computers to the floods and the big move to the store's new home on George St last year.

"They're all good people here," he said.

"It's a good firm. They've always looked after me. I can't believe how fast it's gone."

Manager Shelly Farrow said they were going to miss being able to pick Glen's brain.

"He just knows everything," she said.

"You could've blindfolded him in the old shop and he'd be able to find anything."

Shelly said staff, some old customers and seven of Glen's 11 managers held a farewell party for him at the Criterion Hotel on Friday night.

Glen said he was looking forward to trading the spanner for a fishing rod or one of the shiny new lawn bowls given to him by his colleagues.


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