Thank a Retiree For His or Her Service — Letter-Writing Tutorial


A brief letter thanking a retiree for his or her service is a polite way of giving credit where credit is due. Your letter is an expression of gratitude for years of service and commitment.


1. State your appreciation immediately.


  • Our office will miss your cheery disposition.
  • We at Doe Corporation extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for years of exemplary service.
  • Although I am sure that our customers will miss you, no one will feel your absence more than I.
  • After twenty years of excellence on the job, you will be a difficult person to replace.
  • It's hard to believe that our fifteen years of working together are now coming to a close.
  • Doe Corporation just isn't going to be the same, John, without your leadership and example.


  • after years of faithful service
  • appreciate your dedication to
  • will all miss you
  • express my sincere appreciation
  • extend our heartfelt thanks to you
  • for your diligence in
  • for your years of exemplary service
  • have always appreciated
  • isn't going to be the same
  • it's hard to believe that
  • no one will feel your absence more than I
  • just won't be the same without you
  • on behalf of
  • thanks for all you have done
  • have led the way in
  • want to let you know that
  • want you to know that
  • what a joy it has been
  • will miss your cheerful greeting
  • your leadership and ingenuity
  • would like to thank you for
  • our years of working together
  • the ending of an era
  • your many years of

2. Compliment the reader on the quality of his or her service.


  • You are largely responsible for giving our office its reputation for friendly customer service.
  • Without your remarkable leadership, Doe Corporation would not be the strong organization that it is today.
  • Your organizational skills have held our office together. We are grateful for the tradition of teamwork and unity that you are leaving.
  • Who can we find to fill the shoes of the perfect administrator?
  • It seems like just yesterday that we were putting our heads together to create the Doe account.
  • You have been a great example and mentor to me and to many others who joined the staff after you became the supervisor.


  • a job well done
  • because of employees like you
  • couldn't have asked for a more diligent
  • devotion such as yours
  • difficult to replace you
  • for your outstanding contributions to
  • for all you have done
  • grateful for the legacy of
  • has been a pleasure to
  • have held our office together
  • have become legendary
  • have appreciated your expertise
  • have done a wonderful job
  • helped to build our reputation for
  • made all the difference to
  • seems like just yesterday that
  • set new standards of excellence
  • such a valuable member of
  • thank you for
  • the countless hours you have put in
  • thoughtful attention to detail
  • to have worked with you
  • will surely miss your
  • without your remarkable
  • your many kindnesses
  • your tireless efforts
  • your genuine concern

3. Express a final word of appreciation.


  • Please drop in and say hello whenever you can. We wish you the very best in the future.
  • Again, we thank you for your long and distinguished service.
  • Please accept our gratitude for your devoted service.
  • Our best wishes go with you in your retirement.
  • All those who have worked with you throughout your fruitful career will feel your absence.
  • We will always think of you as one of the family here at Doe Corporation.


  • am so pleased for you
  • as a result of your efforts
  • because of employees like you
  • best wishes for
  • devotion such as yours
  • drop in to say hello
  • during your retirement
  • for a job well done
  • for your devoted service
  • have been greatly appreciated
  • have always appreciated
  • have been a credit to
  • heartfelt thanks for
  • in the future
  • many thanks for
  • on behalf of
  • people like you
  • please accept our gratitude
  • through all your years of service
  • throughout your fruitful career
  • want you to know
  • will never forget
  • will miss you
  • will always be a pleasure to
  • will always think of you as
  • wish you all the best
  • your long and distinguished career

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