On January 30th, 2009, 11 AM, I began my early retirement from Parker Hannifin. I worked there, mostly in Quality Assurance, for just short of 36 years. Only one person had more seniority than I, and it was a running joke we had that I was going to work there till I’d worked one day longer than Mike. It didn’t happen, so I was never Nr. 1 in seniority.
Sadly, five of the people in this photo have passed. I was blessed to work with each and every one in the photo.
I think this must have been taken in the 10th anniversary year of the plant, 1982. Most of us in the photo retired from the plant, which went through major updates in products produced and equipment over the years and became a cash cow for various owners, the last of which, Parker Hannifin, was my favorite to work for.
Retirement made possible getting my first kitty, Freckles.
Louie came shortly after.
And, of course, the kitty brothers, Andy and Dougy, followed Louie.
I’ve enjoyed my retirement!