Announce an Employee's Retirement

Dr. Mel Luthy, Chief Editor

Sample Letter #1

It is with personal regret but warm wishes that I announce the retirement of Jane Doe, effective May 31. Jane's leaving marks the end of an era for Doe Corporation. She was the first person to see the value of television advertising for our products, and has been on the cutting edge of marketing ever since. We are indebted to her vision and commitment for propelling us to our present position in the industry. Her work has assured our success into the next century.

We will honor Jane for her contributions in a farewell reception to be held in the President's Ballroom at 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30. We invite all employees to extend their good wishes to Jane in her new endeavors.

Sample Letter #2

We are at once delighted and disheartened to announce that John Doe is retiring. His last day is December 5. John has been a tremendous employee. He is gifted with a keen chemical engineering mind and a cooperative nature. John pioneered our latex paint when the company was just starting out. He later developed many of the plastic products we now consider the backbone of our product line. His co-workers also recognize John for his courtesy and amicability.

John's retirement is our loss, but a well-deserved respite for him. We are throwing one last party for him before he heads south to Miami to terrorize the Floridians with his dark dress socks, sandals, and plaid shorts! Call Sue for party details. We all wish John the very best.

Sample Letter #3

Harold Walfield's retirement is upon us. The date we have feared, yet anticipated for years, is June 1. When Harold joined the company in 1966, he doubled the number of employees on the payroll. He went on to more than double our revenues by adapting new technologies from the big machine works for use in our little shop. Since he was made partner in 1972, Harold's leadership and innovation have kept us ahead of all our competitors, both locally and nationwide. A retirement party in his honor will be held in the restaurant of the Springfield Hotel on the evening of June 1, at 7:00 p.m. All are invited to share in this celebration. We all extend our best wishes to Harold as he takes a long and much-deserved vacation.

Sample Letter #4

Doe Corporation announces the early retirement of John Doe from the company's Board of Directors. Doe joined the Board of Directors as a result of the 2004 acquisition of Springfield Corporation, which he founded in 2001.

The Board has named Eric Doe as his successor and expresses its sincere confidence in Mr. Doe's abilities and qualifications to assume John Doe's executive roles. We wish Mr. and Mrs. Doe well as they enjoy John's retirement together.

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