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See sample ways to wish your coworker a happy retirement. These examples of retirement wishes will guide you as you wish a coworker a happy retirement.

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1 – Retirement Wishes

2 – Retiring Quotes

3 – Funny Retirement Messages

Our retirement wishes, greetings and phrases provide a resource for when you’re looking for the right words for a valued colleague, family member or friend who is taking the big leap into retirement.

For many retirees, the step away from full-time employment is something they’ve dreamed up for a long time. Recognize the importance of the day with some carefully chosen words that leave the impression that you want them to. Check out the retirement wishes, phrases and saying to see if any of the messages resonate with you.

Happy Retirement Wishes

God retired after just 6 days of creating the heavens and the earth. Why so long for you?

Here’s to watching your fishing line and not the bottom line.

Enjoy the opportunity to do wonderful things just for you and your family.

How you managed to retire at this young age is a testimony to your intelligence.

Retirement is a celebration: old memories and new beginnings.

Short Retirement Wishes

  1. Every day is a weekend when you’re retired.
  2. Retirement adds 5 days to your weekend! Enjoy it!
  3. Do more of what makes you happy.
  4. They’ll have a hard time filling your shoes. Happy Retirement!
  5. Congratulations on your total freedom!
  6. No more excuses for not posting selfies of your vacations.
  7. You know all those things you wanted to do? You should do them.
  8. The best is yet to come.
  9. How sweet it is.
  10. Don’t quit your daydream – Happy Retirement!

Retirement Phrases

We’re really going to miss you! Hope you’ll enjoy every minute of your retirement.

You weren’t born to pay bills and die.

Retirement only means it’s time for a new adventure.

Retirement is not the end of the road; it is the beginning of the open highway.

May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your toes.

Wishing you all the joy and happiness that a happy retirement can bring.

Wishes for Retirement

We wish you health and happy days in your retirement.

Wishing you much joy and happiness as you begin a new chapter in your life.

I wish that your retirement will be everything you dreamed that it would be.

Best wishes for a relaxing and happy retirement.

Retirement Greetings

When you stop living at work and start working at living.

I’m going to retire and live off my savings. What I do the second week is anybody’s guess.

Retirement: Having a good time is my job.

I’m retired – don’t ask me to do a damn thing.

Every Child Left Behind.
Bumper sticker on retired teacher’s car

Happy Retirement Sayings

Have you ever been out for a late autumn walk in the closing part of the afternoon, and suddenly looked up to realize that the leaves have practically all gone? You hadn’t realized it. And you notice that the sun has set already, the day gone before you knew it — and with that a cold wind blows across the landscape. That’s retirement.
Stephen Leacock

Retirement is a field of clover, but by the time you reach it, you’re too old to climb the fence.
Evan Esar

Retirement is the period in life when you stop quoting the proverb that time is money.
Evan Esar

Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did.
Malcolm Forbes

Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.
George Burns

The trouble with retirement is you never get a day off.
Abe Lemmons

Let’s put a limit to the scramble for money…. Having got what you wanted, you ought to begin to bring that struggle to an end.
Horace

Avoid retirement playgrounds like poison, because that’s exactly what they are.
Linda Goodman

Retirement Speech Tips

If you’re retiring, here are a few words of advice on how to give a short speech to your colleagues at work.

Tip 1:  Keep it short.

Tip 2: For format, consider this:

A.) Thank boss, colleagues and company for support through the years.

B.) Briefly touch on a couple company, group or individual highlights.

C.) Indicate how you plan to spend your retirement, e.g. reading more, travel and enjoying grandchildren.

D.) Wish all good luck and continued success.

Tip 3: Prior or after to speech, meet individually with the folks at your company who meant the most to you, your boss (whether this was the case or not), and your successor.

Speech to Retiree (Tribute)

If you’re recognizing a retiree, here are three tips.

Tip 1: Keep it short.

Tip 2: Be sincere and express heartfelt appreciation. Personalize your message to the retiree. Let the person know that he or she will be missed. Thank them for their contribution. Start sincere and end sincere.

Tip 3: Add some humor to the middle part of your presentation. Bounce it off a trusted friend for a disaster check. Retirement is typically a happy occasion, and folks are looking for an opportunity to laugh. Provide them that opportunity in a good-natured way.

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  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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Retirement Wishes

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30 Retirement Wishes & Card Messages

30 Retirement wishes and message ideas for how to wish your boss, co-worker, friend, or family member all the very best in their retirement.

On this page we've written a selection of retirement messages and sentiments so you can write the perfect retirement greeting card message to your co-worker, boss, friend, or family member. There are also some writing tips to help you compose a more personalized happy retirement message.

Updated: 26th April, 2018

Short & Sweet Retirement Wishes

A handful of short retirement wishes to say congratulations to the lucky retiree.

Congratulations on your retirement! Wishing you all the very best for the coming years.

With all best wishes to you on your retirement. We hope that your retirement is filled with relaxation, fun, and family time.

Well done on reaching your retirement! Enjoy your well-deserved time off.

Congratulations on your retirement. You've had a brilliant career and now it's time for a fantastic retirement!

You made it! Congratulations on your retirement, we'll miss you around the office.

Happy Retirement Wishes for a Coworker or Colleague

A collection of retirement card messages to wish the retiree all the best for the next chapter of their life.

It has been such a pleasure working with you for the past [insert how many] years. You've been a great co-worker and friend, and we're sad to see you go. We hope you have a very happy retirement and enjoy your new-found freedom!


The countdown has officially ended! You made it! I'm going to miss you very much, especially your positive attitude and everything you've done to support me over the years. I wish you a happy retirement full of fun times, relaxation, and many good books!


It's hard to believe the time has come to say goodbye. You're one of a kind and we're going to have a hard time replacing you! Thank you for all you've contributed over the years, we'll miss your dedication and enthusiasm. We wish you a long, happy retirement. Don't be a stranger.


Now that you've retired, make sure you work just as hard at relaxing as you worked hard at your job! Thanks for all your support and advice over the years, you've been a great co-worker and friend. All the best for a wonderful retirement!


Congratulations from all of us on your retirement! You've been a great co-worker and friend, and we'll miss seeing you around the office. Don't forget to keep in touch! Wishing you all the very best for your retirement, you deserve it!


You made it! Congratulations on your retirement! You're officially your own boss, and I wish you much success and happiness in this new chapter of your life. I'm going to miss you, you've been a great friend and co-worker, and I really appreciate all you have done to support me over the years. Don't forget to keep in touch!


Wishing you a wonderful retirement. Enjoy this new chapter of your life and we hope it's filled with good health, relaxation, and fun!


Congratulations on your retirement! It's been such a pleasure working with you, you've set such an example to us all with your dedication and hard work. We wish you a wonderful retirement!


Congratulations, the countdown is over! It's been such a pleasure working with you and we're sad to see you go. Enjoy your new found freedom and we wish you continued success in your retirement.


Congratulations on your retirement! You've accomplished so much over your career and we're going to miss your guidance, support, and positive attitude. We're so pleased you'll have more time for yourself and that you can enjoy all those things you've wanted to do. Enjoy this new chapter of your life, and we wish you all the best!


Funny Retirement Wishes for a Friend, Coworker, or Boss

Some funny retirement wishes and card messages to celebrate reaching retirement and to send them on their way with a laugh.

Congratulations on your retirement! Now you'll have more time for sleeping in, fishing, reading, and golfing... unless you want to trade places with me?


Good-bye tension and hello pension! Congratulations from all of us to one well-deserving retiree.


Busy Monday mornings, working late shifts, horrible coffee, and a demanding boss... of course we know you'll miss all of this! Congratulations on your retirement from your jealous co-workers!


Retirement - it's doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it! Congratulations, and enjoy your new found freedom!


You're not truly retired - [insert hobby, eg. golfing or knitting] is a full time job! Wishing you all the best in this new chapter of your life.


Happy Retirement Wishes for Your Boss

Thank your boss for all they have done for you and congratulate them on reaching retirement with these retirement wishes and card messages for bosses.

Congratulations on your retirement! You've set a great example for us in the office, and your positive attitude, guidance, and dedication is going to be sorely missed. Now it's time to take some time for yourself! We wish you a happy and healthy retirement, and hope that you enjoy your new found freedom!


Congratulations on your retirement, and thank you for all you have done to guide this company forwards over the years. We truly appreciate your dedication and hard work, and the example you have set for us all. We wish you continued success in your retirement.


It's been a pleasure working with you over the past [insert number of] years, you've been a fantastic boss and a great mentor. Enjoy your retirement and some well deserved time for yourself. Do keep in touch!


Thank you for everything you've done for the company over the past [insert number of] years. We'll miss your guidance and support in the office. Now it's time to do what you want to do, and we hope you have a long and happy retirement.


Congratulations on your retirement! You've accomplished so much in this company and we truly appreciate your effort and dedication. Wishing you all the best in your retirement.


Now that you've retired, make sure you work just as hard at relaxing as you worked hard at your job! Thanks for all your support and advice over the years, you've been a great boss. All the best for a wonderful retirement!


Congratulations on your retirement! You've accomplished so much over your career and we're going to miss your guidance, support, and positive attitude. We're so pleased you'll have more time for yourself and that you can enjoy all those things you've wanted to do. Enjoy this new chapter of your life, and we wish you all the best!


Wishing you a wonderful retirement. Enjoy this new chapter of your life and we hope it's filled with good health, relaxation, and fun!


Congratulations on your retirement! It's been such a pleasure working with you, you've set such an example to us all with your dedication and hard work. We wish you a wonderful retirement!


Congratulations, the countdown is over! It's been such a pleasure working with you and we're sad to see you go. Enjoy your new found freedom and we wish you continued success in your retirement.

How to Write a Personalized Retirement Message

Want to write a personalized message that will make them smile and feel good about themselves? It's easier than it sounds. Just mix one or more of these four ingredients...

1. Accomplishment

Acknowledge the person's contribution and hard work over their career, thanking them for their commitment and the work that they have done, and to celebrate how much they have accomplished over their career. E.g.

"Thanks for all your hard work these years, fielding all the phone calls and making sure our office runs like clockwork. I don't know what we're going to do without you!"

2. What you'll miss about them

Tell them what you'll miss about them, from their encouragement or guidance on projects, to their conversation at coffee time. Tell them how it's been a pleasure to work with them, and thank them for all they have done. E.g.

"I'm going to miss having you around - your good mood was so contagious. Also, don't think we'll ever find someone who bakes as nice birthday cakes as you!"

3. Things they won't miss

Remind them all the things about work that they might NOT miss in retirement, like stressful end-of-year deadlines, bad coffee, or very long Monday morning staff meetings! E.g.

"Congratulations on your final escape from our Monday morning staff meetings!"

4. What they've got to look forward to

Mention things the person can look forward to in their retirement, from more time to spend on their hobbies to more time with their family, or time to go travelling, read a good book, etc. And finally, don't forget to wish them a long, happy, healthy retirement! E.g.

"We hope you have a long and happy retirement - enjoy all your travel and time with the grandkids!"


Retirement Gift Ideas

Here are a couple of easy retirement gift ideas to help you send off the retiree with your best retirement wishes and your gratitude, and perhaps a few laughs too!

Printable Retirement Poster

Make a personalized poster to celebrate their retirement! It's a fun, unique gift they can treasure for years. Plus it's dead-easy to make, using our online poster-generator.

Click here to personalize and print your poster


Printable Retirement Certificate

Have a play on our free Retirement certificate maker and present your colleague or family member with a funny certificate celebrating this milestone achievement.


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More Retirement Ideas

I hope you enjoyed our collection of retirement wishes! Do take a look at our collection of 40+ Retirement Quotes if you're looking for more card message ideas.

If you're looking for a personalized retirement gift or some funny retirement gag gift ideas, do take a look at these related articles below, and also our retirement gift ideas.


Write the perfect retirement message with our guide on what to write in a For the person who gave their best, cheers to your retirement!.

112 Best Retirement Messages and Wishes

wishes for retirement person

Is someone you know retiring? When people retire it’s a significant event in their life, and finding something meaningful or funny to write in their retirement card can be challenging. We’ve rifled through the inter-web, rummaged through our cards and come up with some popular and unique ideas for you. From funny quotes to sincere messages, simply pick your favourite.

Light Hearted Wishes

  1. Congratulations! The money is no better in retirement, but the hours sure are.
  2. I hope you’re looking forward to the feeling of never having to go to bed at night and set an alarm again.
  3. Enjoy working at living, instead of living at work.
  4. In retirement, there’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
  5. Now you can sit back and give advice to others, even though you never followed it in your own life.
  6. Goodbye tension, hello pension!
  7. Welcome to happy Mondays!
  8. Happy retirement. Time to stop lying about your age and start lying around the house!
  9. Well done on climbing the mountain, now you can finally enjoy the view!
  10. Congrats on retiring! Now it doesn’t matter if the government decides to increase the retirement age.

Funny Messages

  1. Remember retirement is an adventure! Especially if you count trekking out of bed, climbing on sofas and diving into takeaways. Have fun.
  2. Retirement will make you realise that you wasted all those years trying to be mature when you can go back to being a child at the end of them. Enjoy!
  3. Congratulations for gaining two new best friends upon your retirement. Their names are Bed and Couch. You will be hanging out with them a lot.
  4. Retirement is like a never-ending weekend party… except that you can’t drink, can’t dance and can’t stay up late. Enjoy!
  5. Retirement is like a lifelong vacation, except that you are no longer fit to do most of the fun stuff.
  6. Congratulations on becoming the master of doing nothing.
  7. Congratulations on getting some new tires on your car. A card seems a little over the top though, I never got one.
  8. Congratulations on extending your weekends by 5 days!
  9. Retirement is great – you can finally do nothing without being worried about getting caught.
  10. God retired after just 6 days of creating the heavens and the earth. What took you so long?
  11. Please congratulate your partner on getting twice the husband, but only half the income.
  12. Congratulations for your retirement. Now you will be forced to work on a never-ending project that will take up all your time called “doing nothing”!
  13. I hope you enjoy living off your savings. Let me know what you do after the second week…
  14. Happy retirement… think of it as a six month holiday, twice a year.
  15. Have fun doing the things you always wanted to… as long as you’re not too old to remember them!

Risqué / Controversial Messages

  1. Retirement will make no difference in your life except the fact that you can now do nothing, officially.
  2. Well done on being so tired, you had to retire.
  3. You’ll be back, I’ve met your partner.
  4. I hope you’re looking forward to retirement. Apart from the occasional heart attack, you’ll probably feel as young as you ever did.
  5. Well done on staying alive so long that your company had to force you to retire.
  6. Happy retirement. Enjoy old age, fragile bones, doctor visits, medical check-ups and a weak bladder!
  7. Good luck in retirement. I think we’ve all been able to tell for a while that the wheels are still spinning, but the hamster is slowing down.
  8. Life is too short – and now you will figure that out…
  9. Statistically you’re now more likely to die than if you’d carried on working. All the best!
  10. Happy retirement, is now a good time to point out that the next big event in your life will be your funeral…

Office Retirement Quotes

    1. Of all the people I have ever worked with. I can honestly say that you were one of them.
    2. Remember we’re all still working so try not to rub it in about the tough day you’ve had visiting the National Trust tearooms.
    3. Retirement is just a nice way for the company to tell you that they have found more energetic, talented, youthful and skilled staff than you.

 

  1. Good luck in retirement. We’re all going to really miss doing your work for you.
  2. Good decision to retire – you best go now before they find all your mistakes.
  3. Congratulations on your retirement! Although to be honest, I could have sworn you stopped working years ago.
  4. Aren’t you glad you stepped aside for a less experienced and less able man?
  5. We’re all going to really miss doing your work for you.

Sincere Wishes

  1. It’s been great working with you. Remember to relax and have fun, and avoid anything that resembles work for as long as possible.
  2. May all the years ahead bring you great joy and relaxation.
  3. Here’s to a well-deserved and happy retirement! Enjoy.
  4. All the best with your retirement. I hope you enjoy the greener pastures.
  5. Best wishes for an awesome retirement. Here’s hoping for a fun, rewarding and restful life.
  6. Enjoy your new found freedom and make the most of it. Happy retirement.
  7. Many congrats – here’s to a long, healthy and happy retirement.

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