100 Happy Retirement Wishes for an Outstanding Coworker

It’s a happy day for them, but a sad day for you! You’re losing your favorite coworker — well, not losing them per se, but not seeing them each and every day? Unfathomable. 

But of course you’re pleased as punch for them, and super excited for what their future holds. To help them celebrate, you’ll definitely want some great retirement wishes to help send them on their way. Here are 100 ways to say “Happy Retirement” and let them know how dearly they’ll be missed! 

Happy Retirement Wishes

1. It’s the day you’ve been looking forward to for YEARS! Enjoy your newfound freedom.

2. Wishing you nothing but peace and happiness in your retirement years.

3. You’ve earned sunshine and rainbows for all of your days!

4. Toes in the water, toes in the sand! That’s what I see in your future…

5. Happy news — you’re retired! Now go have some fun.

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6. Nothing but sunny days ahead — it’s forecasted!

7. Hoping you enjoy your days and get to put your feet up!

8. When it comes to deserving happiness, you’re at the top of the line.

9. We are hoping retirement life is all it’s cracked up to be!

10. Whatever you’re looking forward to the most — I hope you get it!

11. You’ve been daydreaming of this moment for so many years. We’re so happy for you!

12. Wishing and hoping and dreaming and praying. Happy retirement!

13. Our loss is your gain. We will miss you!

14. So many vacations to take, so little time…

15. Enjoy your time relaxing and playing with your grandkids!

16. Time to put away the suit and tie and embrace the socks with sandals look.

17. Wishing you all the best on this, your retirement day.

18. We’re so happy to see YOU so happy!

19. It’s practically a national holiday — you’re retiring!

20. All of the best wishes for you and here’s hoping all your retirement dreams come true!

Happy Retirement Wishes for Coworker

21. This place will not be the same without you… Reconsider? Pretty please?

22. You can’t leave me here without you! Take me with you.

23. The office will feel so strange without you. So don’t be a stranger!

24. Happiest of retirement wishes to my favorite coworker (don’t tell the others).

25. I’ve been dreading your last day for as long as you’ve been looking forward to it!

26. I miss you already! Be sure to visit me in all of your free time.

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27. You’re really the best and will be sorely missed around here!

28. Will you at least come in for Casual Fridays?

29. You’ve earned this! So happy for you!

30. All your hard work has paid off – wahoo!

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31. So happy to see you retire after all of your hard work and dedication to your team!

32. Sad to see you go, but wishing you all of the best!

33. You’ve been an inspiration and a true team leader. Happy retirement!

34. It’s certainly a tragedy for you to leave us behind, but we wish you all the best!

35. Thank you for working so hard for all of us for so many years. Happy retirement!

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36. Best wishes and happy retirement to a wonderful person and an equally wonderful boss. 

37. On this, your retirement day, know that you made a difference here.

38. We will feel the hole you leave behind! Go out there and relax for a change!

39. Excited to see you enjoying retirement — you’ve certainly earned it!

40. All of our best wishes and fond hopes for happiness in your retirement! 

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Funny Retirement Quotes

41. “The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” — Abe Lemons

42. “Work is the curse of the drinking classes.” — Oscar Wilde

43. “You have to put off being young until you can retire.” — Unknown

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44. “Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren’t going to get rid of me that way.” — Betty White

45. “A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.” — Ella Harris

46. “My retirement plan is to get thrown into a minimum security prison in Hawaii.” — Julius Sharpe

47. “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” — Bill Watterson

48. “Retirement: it’s nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese.” — Gene Perret

49. “Retirement is when you stop lying about your age and start lying around the house.” — Unknown

50. “Working people have a lot of bad habits, but the worst of those is work.” — Clarence Darrow

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Thoughtful Retirement Quotes for Friends

51. “Happiness is being like you — retired!” — Catherine Pulsifer

52. “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” — Sophia Loren

53.“I found out retirement means playing golf, or I don’t know what the hell it means. But to me, retirement means doing what you have fun doing.” — Dick Van Dyke 

54. “A thriving new beginning can be and should be a time for amazing engagement, growth, connections, contributions, and amazing possibilities.” — Lee M. Brower

55. “For retirement brings repose, and repose allows a kindly judgment of all things.” — John Sharp Williams

56. “For many, retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater freedom.” — Robert Delamontague

57. “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” — Fred Rogers 

58. “As your life changes, it takes time to recalibrate, to find your values again. You might also find that retirement is the time when you stretch out and find your potential.” — Sid Miramontes

59.“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” — George Bernard Shaw 

60. “Living each day as if it were your last doesn’t mean your last day of retirement on a remote island. It means to live fully, authentically and spontaneously with nothing being held back.” — Jack Canfield

Best Retirement Poems

61. Marvin Bell, The Uniform

62. Mark Halliday, The Halls

63. Henry Timrod, Retirement

64. David Lee, The Farm

65. Lucille Clifton, Won’t You Celebrate with Me?

66. John Greenleaf Whittier, My Triumph

67. Alicia Ostriker, The Blessing of the Old Woman, the Tulip, and the Dog

68. Lorine Niedecker, Poet’s Work

69. Trumbull Stickney, Love Blindly and Upon the Hour  

70. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls

Short Retirement Wishes

71. Congratulations on a retirement well-earned!

72. Dude. I’m jealous!

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73. Cheers to you and your retirement!

74. Let’s toast to you! 

75. So happy for you.

76. Can’t wait to hear all the stories from your retirement days!

77. Eeeeeeeeek!

78. Happy for you — you deserve the best!

79. Put your feet up already!

80. Enjoy your days off to the fullest.

Best Retirement Cards

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81. Paper Cut Happy Retirement Card

82. Personalized Retirement Years Card

83. Time of Your Life Retirement Cards

84. As You Retire

85. What Do You Call a Person

86. Enjoy Your Retirement

87. Kinda Rude That You’re Leaving

88. Happy Retirement Personalized Card

89. A Wise Woman Once Said

90. Your New Business Card

91. A Toast to Your Retirement

92. Rocking on the Porch

93. Way to Hang In There

94. Extra Large Retirement Card

95. You Worked Your Whole Life for This Card

96. I Feel Sorry

97. Black and Gold Congrats Card

98. Pop Up Beach Retirement Card

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99. You’re Going to Love Your New Boss

100. Happy Trails to You

Is It Appropriate to Congratulate Someone on Retirement?

Absolutely! It’s well-earned and a happy day for them! A strong handshake, or even a hug wouldn’t be remiss. They’ll feel special and acknowledged and will love knowing that you support their endeavors — whatever those may be! 

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How Do You Congratulate Someone On Retirement?

A clap on the back, a handshake, a hug, or even throw them a party! It’s been so many years of them serving in their chosen field; now they get to sleep in, spend time with their family, and travel. What’s not to love about that? Tell them earnestly how much you admire them and how you’re looking forward to hearing about all of their new adventures. 

What Do You Get Someone for Retirement?

Do they have something in particular that they love most? What hobbies will they finally have time for? Think about what they adore the most: from being a foodie, to fishing, to RV life, to wandering for hours in a bookstore — tailor your gift accordingly. 

Here are some great options: 

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