Here are farewell messages you can use for your retirement note, sentiments, message, card, or wishes to your boss. You can also use the retirement words, sayings and quotes for a toast or as part of a speech.
#1 I cannot believe you are leaving us! Work will not be the same without you here. You have brought an energy into this office that could never be matched. You have been a leader who could never be forgotten. It has been a privilege to work for someone as remarkable as you. Wishing you all the best in your retirement.
#2 I heard you are retiring! I have so much I want to say to you. You have been the driving force behind my success here. You have pushed me to work smarter, try harder, and never give up on my goals. I owe so much of what I have learned to you. I will miss you every day.
#3 Let us toast to an incredible leader, who redefined what it means to be a boss. So here is to the support you provided during difficult times. To the patience you showed when mistakes were made. To the guidance you offered when morale was low. And, most importantly, to the compassion you displayed time and time again. Happy retirement, Boss.
#4 I know we all need a vacation, but isn’t this a bit extreme? As much as I wish you were not going, I am thrilled that you are able to take this next step. I wish you a retirement filled with good food, sunny days, and loved ones to share it with. Congratulations on your retirement, boss!
#5 So you have reached the end of your journey here, and it is time to say goodbye. What an honor it has been to have traveled this road with you as my guide. As you make your way down the path into retirement, I hope you find it is everything you imagined it would be, and more.
#6 Pack away your dress shoes, collared shirts, and briefcase. The time for slippers, robes, and a golf bag has finally arrived. When you wake up in the morning, completely unburdened by time, I want you to think of me. And how upset I am that you didn’t take me with you! Have a wonderful retirement, boss.
#7 A toast to the retirement of someone who has been nothing short of remarkable. To say you are leaving behind big shoes to fill would be an understatement. It is going to be nearly impossible to find someone who measures up to you. You have been one-of-a-kind, and I mean it when I say you will be greatly missed.
#8 Has anyone told you how incredible you are? Or how much you will be missed? Or how bittersweet it is to see you leave? My sadness at saying goodbye is matched only by my happiness to see you retire. You have earned this, and I sincerely hope it will live up to your wildest expectations. You deserve it.
#9 Today is a remarkable day, celebrating a remarkable boss. Instead of being swamped with work, I hope you will be up to your eyeballs in sand, sea, sun, and cocktails! I may not get to sip tall, cool drinks with you, but today I toast to your coming days in a blissful new chapter of your life. Cheers to that!
#10 It is the end of an era, and a day I will not forget. But there is no better time to withdraw from the “9 to 5” of working life and advance into a life of leisure, doing everything you have wanted to do. May the days ahead be splendid and savored. Best wishes for a fulfilling retirement.
#11 You have been many things to many people: a visionary, a networker, a teacher, and a mentor. You brought us together as a team, all working towards a common goal. Our success is a result of your leadership and I hope to continue to carry on your legacy for years to come. Happy retirement!
#12 Your replacement is going to have an impossible task because, to me, you are irreplaceable. I can’t thank you enough for all that you have prepared me for, in work and in life. You gave me your time and attention, and I am a better person for it. I raise my glass and propose a toast in your honor. Congratulations on moving into this next wonderful season of your life.
#13 I send you my best wishes as you go with the flow, doing whatever your heart desires and doing it whenever you want to do it. There is no one more deserving. Time waits for no man, so get going and enjoy your retirement, every single day. Happy trails to you!
#14 Thank you for the time you spent encouraging me, teaching me, and leading me in the right direction. It is because of your efforts that I am able to say goodbye to you with confidence. I know it will be okay, because I had an amazing mentor. May you continue to inspire all those you meet. Good luck with your retirement.
#15 As you embark on this new venture, may it be filled with all the good things life has to offer. From traveling the world, to taking up new hobbies, to simply enjoying your days at home. You’ve got so much left to explore, and I cannot wait to see what you do next. Goodbye and good luck.
#16 A toast to you, for today and every day you’ve led us. You’ve steered us clear of certain disaster and showed us what it means to be a leader by example. We’ll never be without a paddle, thanks to you. We’re all grateful for your time and leadership. Thank you, again and again. Congratulations on your new chapter ahead.
#17 A true leader is someone who sets an example for all others to follow. Over the years, you’ve led with ambition, consistency, and passion for the business. I’m not alone when I say that having you at the helm was the best thing for us. Thank you, and happy retirement.
#18 There have been years of effort, time, and determination leading up to this moment. You’ve shown yourself to be an effective boss, but a great leader as well. Though our paths part here, we’ll be together in spirit from all the memories we’ve shared. Let’s all raise our glasses to you today. Thank you and enjoy your retirement.
#19 Today, I’d like to say thank you for all your years of effort. You’ve kept a cool head when necessary, and you’ve always acted with the good of the company in mind. I don’t know what we would’ve done without you all this time. Thank you for leading, for teaching, and for inspiring. Good luck with your retirement!
#20 I am sure you have made plans for your retirement, but I trust they include relaxation, enjoying your new freedom, and taking it easy for a change. I offer my best wishes and express personal appreciation for you having been an exceptional boss.
#21 I am sure it’s been a long road to get where you are today. But I am also confident that you should be proud of all the achievements you’ve made along the way. Now it’s time to celebrate this milestone in style, grab some champagne, and toast to the future, bringing you the best days of your life!
#22 Some people say out with the old and in with the new. But when it comes to you, I just want to say thank you for everything you’ve taught me. I will cherish my time working under you and use all the wisdom you granted me to continue my successful journey within the company.
#23 Congratulations on your retirement. I can’t think of a more deserving person than you who should be able to kick back and toast to the golden years. Your work here was admirable and left many of us hoping to follow in your footsteps. Be sure to celebrate your life and toast to the best retirement!
#24 Whoever made the blueprint for bosses must have used you as the example. Your contributions and wisdom will always be remembered and shared among new and old employees. I hope you take this opportunity to explore and go all the places you ever dreamed of when retiring. Congratulations on your retirement!
#25 It was a delight to work with you, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going to miss your spunk and energy at the office. Your dedication and hard work have finally paid off. Now you can set sail to whatever land you desire. I’ll be sure to raise my glass and toast all your accomplishments.
#26 No matter where your new path will take you, we’ll always remember the time you gave us here. Your service and commitment to us will be our benchmark for future bosses. You’ve left them big shoes to fill. Thank you for all you’ve done for us and enjoy your retirement. You’ve earned it!
#27 For years you have always been the boss of everyone else, now finally comes the time when you get to be your own boss. You get to control your own hours and how they are spent, and no one deserves that more. Happy retirement and enjoy all your free time.
#28 Allow me to raise a glass and give a toast to a truly wonderful boss on your retirement day. Although our department will suffer without your presence, I know that you have earned and worked hard for this day, and you truly deserve it. I will remember your leadership always.
#29 I wish you good health, wealth, and happiness in your retirement. May it be full of activities that you can take pleasure in without the pressure of work. Congratulations on reaching this exciting point in life.
#30 I want to wish you congratulations. I have immensely enjoyed working for you over the years. You have provided me with tremendous guidance and are simply irreplaceable. I hope you enjoy some much-needed and deserved relaxation. I offer you this toast on your retirement.
#31 Congratulations on your retirement. I know that this was not an easy decision for you to make because you have dedicated so much of your life to those within this company. No one deserves a break more than you, and I wish you all the best for your well-earned departure.
#32 Although I am extremely happy that a boss like you is finally taking a well-deserved retirement, I am sad to see you go. You have been there to support me and help me to progress with confidence. You were more than a boss. You were a mentor and a friend. I thank you for all you have done for me.
#33 Having you as a boss has been an honor and a pleasure, but all good things must come to an end. I have no doubt that you will be sorely missed by all here, but most of all, by me. All the best on your retirement. You have earned it.
#34 Best wishes to you on your retirement. Your leadership allowed for all within the team to succeed and always helped to guide us in the right direction. Of all the bosses out there, I can honestly say you deserve this the most. Enjoy learning lots of new and fun experiences.
#35 Happy retirement. You led us all through the trenches and we survived. Gone now are the late nights of worrying and the stress of early morning meetings. You have been a leader for the ages, and I hope you enjoy your freedom. I raise my glass and toast to you.
#36 After everything you have been through with this company, I know that retirement will come as a sweet victory for you. You are the one that made this team successful and the company owes you a great debt of gratitude for your hard work and never-ending dedication. All the best.
#37 You are irreplaceable because it was you that made us a winning team. I know that your family will be happy to have you around more and that you will soak up every minute with them. Congratulations on your retirement. You deserve it, and farewell.
#38 I am hoping you will love the time you have to pursue new things after many years of faithfully meeting work obligations. I raise a glass, toast everything you have achieved and wish you great happiness in your retirement.
#39 You will be missed around here but I offer my congratulations to you on your retirement. With that goes my heartfelt good wishes for many years of rewarding experiences to come. This is a new season to embark on and enjoy to the fullest.
#40 As you enter retirement, take the opportunities to do the things you love. It is time to think of all the fun in the years ahead and make new plans. It is with thanks and gratitude towards you as my boss, that I wish you a great deal of contentment.
#41 With all things relating to work no longer a concern, I trust you will revel in every minute of your retirement. You really can look back over the years with the satisfaction of a job well done. Please accept my congratulations and good wishes as you bid farewell.
#42 I hope that your retirement will be filled with happy memories and anticipation for the future as you begin this new phase of your life. The world is a big, beautiful place and I am sure you will delight in seeing more of it than the inside of your office. Congratulations on your retirement.
#43 As the briefcase is put away and the tie is hung up, I have confidence that you will fully embrace the opportunities afforded by your retirement. The cares of work can now be exchanged for recreation and family. Congratulations on making it to the finishing line and let the fun begin.
#44 Now you can trade business shoes for flip flops, and meetings for fun. I hope you consistently delight in your new freedom to experience the richness of life. Congratulations on your retirement. You more than deserve it after so many years of faithful service.
#45 It is happening. You have this long-awaited phase to spend with everyone who means the most to you. Retirement can be the greatest adventure to embark on, planning trips, and sharing times you will treasure with your family. How exciting. Congratulations!
#46 Now is the stage to dream new dreams, achieve recreational goals and play by your own rules. I hope that every day brings you a variety of enjoyable possibilities. Congratulations, as you anticipate all that retirement offers.
#47 Whether you feel that time has flown or whether you feel you have been waiting forever, retirement has arrived. Your departure will bring the freedom to fill your own calendar, and that is a novel thought. I am certain you will relish the freedom.
#48 It is bittersweet to say goodbye. Bitter for us, but sweet for you. In all honesty, I am happy for you and trust that retirement will exceed all your expectations. It is only right that you fill your days with everything important to you personally. Congratulations on your retirement.
#49 Retirement sounds like bliss, with lazy mornings and an unhurried schedule. Somehow this does not sound like you, but I know you will adjust to the different pace. Just remember that this is more than a vacation. It is a fresh opportunity.
#50 I offer a toast to you on achieving the status of retirement. It is no mean feat, and you deserve to enjoy all that it offers you. I can see you now, soaking up the love of your beautiful family and having the ability to enjoy the things that matter most. Wishing you a happy and long retirement.
Best Retirement Quotes for Your Boss’ Retirement Card Message
“Your new adventure awaits.”
“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”
“Don’t play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.”
“Some of the best memories are made in flip flops.”
“Working people have a lot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work.”
“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.”
“Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning.”
“Don’t act your age in retirement. Act like the inner young person you have always been.”
“Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different.”
“A foundation of good sense, and a cultivation of learning, are required to give a seasoning to retirement, and make us taste the blessing.”
“Retirement life is different because there is no set routine. You are able to let the day unfold as it should. Enjoy, be happy and live each day.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“Retirement requires the invention of a new hedonism, not a return to the hedonism of youth.”
“Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.”
“Being sixty-five…became a crossroads. We said, we have nothing to lose, so we can raise hell.”
“Sometimes it’s important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it’s essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.”
“Congratulations on making it over all the hurdles and reaching that wonderful time of life where you get to do whatever you want.”
“Throughout your career, you have been someone’s boss. Retirement is your chance to be your own.”
“Retirement gives you the time literally to recreate yourself through a sport, game, or hobby that you always wanted to try or that you haven’t done in years.”
Steven D. Price
“Fear no more the heat o the sun, nor the furious winter’s rages. Thou thy worldly task hast done, home art gone and taken thy wages.”
“There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world. Because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.”
“Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.”
“Retirement, a time to enjoy all the things you never had time to do when you worked.”
“Retirement is a new beginning, and that means closing the book on one chapter in order to begin the next.”
“Retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater personal freedom.”
Mark Evan Chimsky
“Retirement can and will be a glorious time in your life. You’ll love the freedom and ability to try new things. It’s a new phase of life; a chance to be a beginner again.”
“And just at that second, the wind picked up, and thousands upon thousands of yellow sycamore leaves broke from their life support and streamed across the sky. Autumn leaves don’t fall; they fly. They take their time and wander on this, their only chance to soar.”
“Retirement is not the end of the road…It is simply a fork in the road, sending you off in a new direction.”
“The joy of retirement comes in those everyday pursuits that embrace the joy of life; to experience daily the freedom to invest one’s life-long knowledge for the betterment of others; and, to allocate time to pursuits that only received, in years of working, a fleeting moment.”
“Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me. I never had the time before to notice the beauty of my grandkids, my wife, the tree outside my very own front door. And, the beauty of time itself.”
“Retirement is assuredly favorable to the advancement of the best ends of our being; there the soul has freer means of examining into its own state and its dependence upon God.”
“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”
“Every day the increasing weight of years admonishes me more and more, that the shade of retirement is as necessary to me as it will be welcome.”
“We work all our lives so we can retire – so we can do what we want with our time – and the way we define or spend our time defines who we are and what we value.”
“Those long hours in the office, every extra hour after the long shifts, every sacrifice, and all the hopes you held onto for so long should now be reminisced in a relaxing, rejuvenating, and enjoyable retirement.”
Adrian J. Williams
“I’m not just retiring from the company, I’m also retiring from my stress, my commute, my alarm clock, and my iron.”
“Retiring from your primary career is not merely an act of ending, but, more opportunistically and relevant, an act of commencement and of the promise of a meaningful future.”
“Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”
“The concept of freedom is never truly realized until one settles into retirement mode.”
“RETIREMENT – now life begins.”
“There is a whole new kind of life ahead, full of experiences just waiting to happen. Some call it ‘retirement. I call it ‘bliss.'”
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
“Retire from your job but never from meaningful projects.”
Stephen R. Covey
“Retirement: Something arrived at in haste and lived at in leisure.”
“There is an exciting world of possibilities out there that very few of us get the chance to explore during our working lives, but retirement is that time!”
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“The best thing about retirement is not having to wear pants!”
“Retirement is not an end, but rather a new beginning, an opportunity for growth, creativity, and the discovery of one’s authentic self.”
“Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.”
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