Re­tired and re­ally re­tired

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Vivi­enne Duck

ED­DIE Bruce has re­tired twice.

But this time the 78-year-old swears it will be his last.

Ed­die called it quits from the work­force when he was 65.

But it didn’t stick very long with the Echuca man jump­ing right back into it just 12 months later.

And then he went on to work for an­other 12 years.

‘‘I left work at 65 af­ter work­ing at Rich River for 26 years,’’ he said.

‘‘The shift work knocked me around a bit and my fam­ily thought I was look­ing tired and it was time. ‘‘And I agreed with them. ‘‘I didn’t re­ally do any­thing af­ter that but I be­gan look­ing for some­thing part time.’’

It was then Maree and David Stephens from River­port En­gi­neer­ing and Hy­draulics of­fered him a ca­sual po­si­tion.

‘‘And I worked there for 12 years, three and a half days a week,’’ Ed­die said.

‘‘There was al­ways the power to add or sub­tract those days but I just en­joyed work­ing there and thor­oughly en­joyed the cus­tomers.

‘‘When you work for some­one like Maree and David there is no stress and it is a re­ally en­joy­able en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘And I learnt so many new things.’’

Ed­die said one of the ma­jor things he learnt was mov­ing to the new mea­sure­ments.

‘‘It took me a while to re­alise 25mm is an inch,’’ he said.

‘‘It is all very con­fus­ing for an old bloke like me.’’

But de­spite his love of work life Ed­die ad­mits he was slow­ing down.

‘‘I felt it in my­self that I was get­ting slower, even though David and Maree would never tell me that,’’ he said. ‘‘So I de­cided I would call it a day at the end of June.’’

Ed­die now plans to en­joy the rest of his life with his wife Lyn, daugh­ters, grand­chil­dren and great­grand­chil­dren and his love of sport.

‘‘I am a Bull­dogs sup­porter and spend a bit of time at Echuca United watch­ing my grand­sons play so there will be plenty to do,’’ Ed­die said.

RE­TIRE­MENT TAKE TWO: Sev­enty-eight-year-old Ed­die Bruce (mid­dle) with River­port En­gi­neer­ing and Hy­draulics own­ers Maree and Dave Stephens. He has worked with them for the past 12 years.

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