Teresa re­tires af­ter 41 years

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Mur­ray Spooner

A Cam­bus­lang woman has ended her time at a col­lege where she spent more than 41 years.

Teresa McKech­nie, has re­tired from her po­si­tion at New Col­lege La­nark­shire’s Coat­bridge cam­pus where she started as a tem­po­rary clerkess/typ­ist on April 1, 1975.

In her time at the ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion she mar­ried col­league Jim and was a highly pop­u­lar cus­tomer ser­vice as­sis­tant.

Her only break in ser­vice was from 1986 to 1993 to raise her two chil­dren with her hus­band whom she met at the cam­pus in 1983.

The fam­ily lived for 26 years in Chrys­ton, North La­nark­shire, where Jim was born, but moved to Cam­bus­lang in 2009.

Now the cou­ple plan to spend more time at their beloved car­a­van in Ayr­shire.

Teresa said: “The col­lege has been a won­der­ful and friendly place to work. I can’t be­lieve how kind peo­ple have been to me for my re­tire­ment and I’ll miss them very much.”

An army of well-wish­ers turned up to the farewell pre­sen­ta­tion for Teresa, who worked in var­i­ous roles in ad­min­is­tra­tion be­fore mov­ing to the re­cep­tion team at Coat­bridge seven years ago. Her hus­band Jim, an au­dio-vis­ual tech­ni­cian, has even longer as­so­ci­a­tions with Coat­bridge cam­pus. He was a stu­dent there in 1969/1970 and then worked at the col­lege from 1971-1974, re­turn­ing to Coat­bridge in 1975.

He spent the rest of his ca­reer there un­til his own re­tire­ment in Jan­uary 2014 – bring­ing the cou­ple’s com­bined ser­vice at Coat­bridge to a grand to­tal of 76 years.

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Martin McGuire wished Teresa a long and happy re­tire­ment and thanked her for her con­tri­bu­tion over the decades.

He said she had been “a won­der­ful am­bas­sador for the col­lege” in her fre­quent role as first point of con­tact for many vis­i­tors.

The prin­ci­pal also pre­sented Jim with a re­bound-ver­sion of a book painstak­ingly col­lated by Jim to com­mem­o­rate the de­tails of more than 100 of Coat­bridge Col­lege’s staff and stu­dents who sac­ri­ficed their lives in World War One.

Col­lege cou­ple Teresa and Jim, who met in 1983

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