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Retirement is a major milestone in one’s life and for many, it marks the end of an era . After years of hard work it’s time for the retiree to step back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of their labor. It’s important that we take the time to celebrate this significant milestone and express our heartfelt retirement wishes for the retiree. Whether it’s through a phone call, email, or a greeting card, sending a message to the retiree is a great way to show your appreciation and support.

In this article, we will explore the best retirement wishes and messages to write in a retirement card. From general sentiments to personalized notes, we will give you the tools to craft the perfect message for the special retiree in your life.

What to Write in a Retirement Card

Retirement wishes can take many forms, and the message should reflect the relationship you have with the retiree. Here are some tips on what to consider when crafting a retirement message:

  1. Congratulatory statement: Express your congratulations and well wishes for the retiree’s retirement. This could be a statement such as “Congratulations on your retirement!” or “Wishing you all the best in your retirement
  2. Appreciate their career: Acknowledge and express appreciation for the retiree’s hard work and achievements throughout their career by mentioning specific milestones, achievements or contributions they have made.
  3. Personalize: Add a personal touch to the message by including memories, inside jokes, or specific achievements that the retiree has accomplished during their career. This can make the message more meaningful and memorable.
  4. Offer of help: Show your support and willingness to continue the relationship even after the retiree’s retirement by offering to help with their future plans or needs.
  5. Future plans: Mention the retiree’s future plans, if you know about them, to show that you’re interested and excited about their future.

By including these elements in your retirement card message, you can make it heartfelt, sincere and meaningful for the retiree. You can also include variations like adding quotes, poems, or other forms of expression that the author thinks would fit the occasion.

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Send memorable Retirement Wishes together as a group

Funny retirement wishes and messages

Adding a light-hearted and amusing message to a retirement card can help make the occasion more enjoyable and memorable for the retiree. Here are some phrases you can add to your funny retirement messages:

  1. Every Day is a Saturday now! Enjoy the dream!
  2. Finally, you can enjoy a Guilt-free nap during work hours.
  3. The 9-to-5 grind level of the game of life is successfully completed! Congrats mate.
  4. I always knew you’d retire early, you were always so good at taking naps on the job
  5. Remember the time we pulled that prank on the boss? Well, now you have all the time in the world to plan a new one!
  6. Retirement is the time in life when time is no longer money.
  7. World’s longest coffee break begins. Congratulations.
  8. You finally have time to do what you’ve always wanted to do, but now dont forget what it is.
  9. Don’t worry about forgetting the office. In retirement, you’ll be forgetting everything.
  10. Retirement is the time when you stop living at work and start working at living.
  11. Retirement: The art of turning off your alarm clock and waking up when you want.
  12. You’ve reached the finish line, now it’s time to ‘re-tire’ those feet.
  13. Retirement: when you finally have time to ‘pension’ your hobbies.
  14. You’re retiring from work, but don’t retire from making us laugh.
  15. Time to catch up on all the books you’ve been ‘too busy’ to read.
  16. Enjoy turning your ‘work’ schedule into a ‘nap’ schedule.
  17. Cheers to a retirement of beer o’clock and never ending happy hour!
  18. Every day is a Friday and every hour is Happy Hour! Cheers
  19. Enjoy your unlimited coffee breaks, senior discounts and early bird specials, you’ve earned it.
  20. Now you have a real excuse to spend a lot of time with your family and friends and explore new hobbies.

 Remember to keep the message professional and not hurt their sentiment with any unpleasant joke or remark. See below on things to avoid writing on the retirement card.

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Use a funny joke or pun to add humor

Happy Retirement quotes

Retirement is a time to celebrate the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. It’s a time to reflect on all that has been accomplished and look forward to what lies ahead. To help mark this special occasion, here are some inspiring retirement quotes:

  1. Retirement is not the end of the road, it’s the beginning of the open highway.
  2. The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams – Oprah Winfrey
  3. The purpose of our lives is to be happy – Dalai Lama
  4. The key to retirement is to find joy in the little things.
  5. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  6. Retirement is the time to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, where you want to do it, and how you want to do it.
  7. Retirement is like a long vacation in Las Vegas. The goal is to enjoy it the fullest, but not so fully that you run out of money.” – Jonathan Clements
  8. You’ve worked hard for the ‘past’ 30 years, now it’s time to ‘live’ in the present.
  9. Its the time when you stop living at work and start working at living. – Gene Perret
  10. Retirement is wonderful. It’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.
  11. The greatest gift you can give to someone is the gift of time, time to pursue their passions and dreams.
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Short retirement wishes and messages

Short retirement messages are a great for express your congratulations and well wishes to the retiree in a concise and thoughtful manner. These are perfect for a retirement card, an email, or a text message and can be personalized to suit the retiree’s personality and interests. Here are some examples:

  1. I wish you a happy retirement filled with peace, love, and relaxation. Take pride in the legacy you have created and the many lives you have touched.
  2. Time to enjoy all the things you never had time for when you were working.
  3. You will be greatly missed at work, but your legacy will live on through the positive impact you’ve made on the company.
  4. May you find joy and fulfillment in all your new endeavors. Congratulations on your retirement!
  5. Congratulations on the successful conclusion of your career! May you find time now to enjoy the next chapter of your life.
  6. Here’s to sunsets, warm breezes and a newfound freedom – To a newfound leisure, newfound friends and newfound dreams.
  7. Congratulations on this new, exciting chapter! Wishing you all the best in the future.
  8. Well done, you’ve earned the right to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your hard work.
  9. Thank you for your years of service and for setting a great example for us all.
  10. Congratulations on your journey to a well-deserved break! Wishing you endless days of relaxation and joy!
  11. Congratulations on this big life milestone! Wishing you a wonderful time ahead, filled with fond memories, peace and contentment.
  12. Your remarkable career has been an inspiration to us all. Well done, and congratulations!
  13. Wishing you a happy, healthy, and enjoyable retirement life filled with a fulfilling social life, new hobbies, and exciting opportunities.
  14. Enjoy your new-found freedom and make the most of it.
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Group ecard from the entire team

Retirement wishes for a coworker or colleague

Retiring from a job can be a significant event in a person’s life, and coworkers and colleagues often want to express their congratulations and well wishes to their retiring peers. Here are some examples of a thoughtful message to wish them:

  1. You’ve been an invaluable member of the team. Your hard work, dedication and positivity have been an inspiration to all of us. It has been an honor and a pleasure to have you as a colleague, I wish you nothing but the best in your next chapter.
  2. Working with you has been a privilege, your knowledge, expertise and professionalism have made a lasting impact on the company. I have learned a lot from you, and I will always remember the valuable lessons you’ve taught me.
  3. I want to congratulate you on your retirement, and thank you for your service. Wishing you happy time filled with joy, peace, and prosperity. Keep in touch, we will miss you.
  4. The office won’t be the same without you, it was always a pleasure to come to work knowing I’d be working alongside you. Your positive attitude and sense of humor have made a tough day bearable. Enjoy retirement and forget work (not us though)
  5. You’ve been a great colleague and a friend. Thank you for always being a pillar of light during tough times at work.
  6. Hope you enjoy your new chapter of your life and get to spend more time with people you love and care for.
  7. Its time to become your own boss and call all the shots. Wish you a very happy retirement and hope it brings you all that you hoped and dreamed of.
  8. It’s bittersweet to see you go, your presence in the office has been a constant source of support and guidance. We have shared many great memories together, and your contributions to the company will be remembered for years to come.
  9. Your career has been an inspiration to us all and you truly have set the bar high for us to follow. I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations for a successful and prosperous career. You deserve nothing but the best and I know you will enjoy every moment of it.
  10. It’s hard to imagine the office without you, your dedication and passion for your work have been an inspiration to all of us. I wish you the best and look forward to hearing about all the new adventures you embark on.

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  1. It’s been a pleasure working alongside you all these years, your professionalism and expertise have been invaluable to our team. We will miss your contributions to the company but we know that you will continue to make an impact in this new phase too.
  2. As you embark on your retirement journey, I want to express my sincere appreciation for all the guidance and support you have provided me over the years. You have been an incredible colleague, mentor, and friend.
  3. You have worked hard and earned this time to relax and enjoy life. I hope you will find the peace and contentment that comes with a well-deserved retirement. May your days be filled with joy, laughter, and good health.
  4. Retirement is a time to relax, recharge and enjoy the company of family and friends. Congratulations on reaching this milestone. We wish you many happy years of laughter, love and good times with your loved ones.
  5. Best of luck as you enter this new phase of life. Remember that change can be daunting but also exciting. Embrace the new, let go of the old and remember that it’s okay to feel lost but never give up on finding your new path.
  6. Best wishes for a happy and healthy retirement! We are so proud of all that you have accomplished throughout your career. Hope your retirement brings you peace, contentment, and joy.
  7. Happy retirement! Your hard work and commitment have paid off and now it’s time to enjoy your well-deserved retired life. Wishing you a healthy and happy retirement.
  8. As you begin your retired life, I want to extend my warmest congratulations and send happy retirement wishes. You’ve been an outstanding professional and an asset to the entire team throughout your career.
  9. Let the fun times begin! You’ve been one of the hardest workers, and a true professional. I am honored to have been able to work with you. Wishing you a joyous retirement.
  10. You have had an impressive career, and now it’s time to enjoy the next chapter of your life. Wishing you a fantastic retirement life filled with happy moments and exciting time.
  11. As you retire, I want to thank you for being such a helpful coworker. You stuck with us on multiple occasions and got us through some tough times. Your contributions will be always remembered.
  12. No more meetings! Like ever! What a dream come true 🙂 Jokes aside, thanks for all the great workplace memories. Its hard to imagine working on projects without your guidance and expertise. Hope you enjoy your retirement.

For some more ideas and inspirations, you can also check out Best goodbye and farewell messages to coworkers

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Retirement wishes for a Remote Coworker

If the retiring colleague used to work remotely, then the retirement message should imply that even though they were remote, the impact and contributions have been valued by the team and the company. Here are some examples:

  1. Although we’ve never met in person, it’s been a pleasure to work with you remotely all these years. Your professionalism and expertise have been invaluable to our team, and your contributions to the company will be remembered for years to come.
  2. Working remotely with you has been a great experience, your dedication and commitment to our team have been evident in all the projects we have collaborated on. Enjoy your retirement! I hope we’ll have the opportunity to meet in person someday.
  3. It’s been a privilege to collaborate with you remotely, your insights and ideas have been vital to our team. You’ve been a great asset to the company. I wish you a happy and fulfilling retirement, filled with new experiences and opportunities.
  4. Although we only saw each other across Zoom, it’s been a pleasure to work and collaborate with you over the years. Your commitment and professionalism have been an inspiration to all of us. We’re happy for you and wish you the best.
  5. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you, even though it was all done remotely. Who will i ping now to get all the answers? Your deep expertise will be sorely missed by the entire team.
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Retirement wishes for a boss or a manager

Retiring from a position of leadership can be a significant event in a person’s life. As a boss, a leader or a manager, the retiree has likely played a key role in shaping the direction of the company or organization, and has served as a mentor, guide and role model to many of their employees. Here are perfect retirement messages for a boss, manager or mentor:

  1. I am so grateful for the guidance and leadership you have provided over the years. Your dedication and hard work have been an inspiration to us all. It’s been an honor to work for you and we will miss your presence in the office. My best wishes for a happy and fulfilling retirement, filled with new adventures and experiences.
  2. As you hang up your suit and tie, we want to say thanks for everything. Congrats on your retirement, enjoy it. Thanks for being a boss that’s always been cool, and for not micromanaging us. Have a good one and make sure to take it easy.
  3. We want to extend our warmest congratulations on your well-deserved retirement. Your contributions to the company have been invaluable and your leadership will be sorely missed. Wishing you a retirement filled with happiness, good health and all the joys life has to offer.
  4. The office won’t be the same without you, your wisdom and experience have been invaluable to us all. We have learned a lot from you, and your guidance will be missed.Wishing you a fulfilling and enjoyable retirement.
  5. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you. Your strategic vision and leadership have been instrumental in the success of the company. We will miss your contributions and guidance, but we know that you will continue to make an impact in your retirement. We wish you the very best!

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  1. You’ve been an exceptional leader and mentor, your knowledge, expertise and professionalism have been an inspiration to us all. We will miss you but we know you will excel in your new endeavors. Congratulation on your retirement, enjoy your well-deserved rest and all the best in your new stage.
  2. It’s been an honor to work under your leadership, your vision and integrity have been an inspiration to us all. You have been a fantastic boss, manager and leader. We wish you a happy and enjoyable retirement, you’ve earned it.
  3. I have had the privilege of working with you for several years, and I have always been impressed by your intelligence, creativity and leadership skills. I remember the time you stood up for me in a meeting, your support and confidence in me meant a lot and it helped me grow both professionally and personally. Warm regards and best wishes to you boss.
  4. It has been an honor to work for you, your guidance and mentorship have been invaluable to me. I will always remember the time when i had just joined and you took to explain the new processes to me. Your patience and efforts helped me understand it all better and allowed me to improve my skills. You have been an great boss and a true leader. May your retirement be rewarding and fulfilling.
  5. Well, the big day’s finally here. Congrats on your retirement boss, you’ve earned it. Thanks for putting up with all of us over the years and for the lessons you’ve taught us. Have a cold one on us, enjoy your well-deserved rest.
  6. It’s been a wild ride working with you. Thanks for being a boss that’s easy to work with, and for not being too strict. Have a great retirement, and make sure to get out and enjoy it.
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Happy retirement wishes for an employee

As your organization bids farewell to an esteemed employee, its important to thank them for their years of dedicated service and send positive wishes. Here are some example retirement wishes for an employee:

  1. We would like to sincerely thank you for all the hard work, dedication and contributions you’ve made over the years. You have been an integral part of our team, and your departure will be felt by all. The entire team send their best wishes as you embark on this next stage.
  2. As you enter this new stage of life, hope you will look back on your time with us with fondness and pride. Congratulations on a fulfilling career.
  3. On your retirement occasion, we would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations and thank you for your years of service and dedication to our company. You were an amazing worker and your contributions have been invaluable to the company.
  4. As you bid farewell to the daily grind and transition to the new phase, we would like to express our deepest appreciation for your years of service and dedication to our company. Wishing you a happy and fulfilling retirement, enjoy the well-deserved rest.
  5. Your positive attitude, enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile has been an inspiration to us all. You are an amazing person and we wish you the best for the new adventures that come your way.
  6. We extend our warmest congratulations on your retirement and the end of a long and rewarding career. Your contributions to the company have been immeasurable and your leadership has been invaluable. We will miss your presence in the office but we know you will excel in your new endeavors.
  7. It’s been an honor to have you as a member of the team. Your creativity, your passion for your work and your positive attitude have been a source of inspiration to us all. Hope you will cherish the memories of working with us, just we all will do.
  8. We extend our thanks for the service, hard work and commitment you have shown towards our company during your career. You will be missed by us but we are sure you will relish the deserved break and the exciting opportunities that come with it. Wish you a wonderful retirement!
  9. Happy Retirement! We want to express our gratitude for the outstanding career and the impressive contributions you have made. You have been a true professional and an inspiration to us all. Wishing you a fantastic retirement life filled with happy moments and exciting time ahead.
  10. You have been an asset to the entire team and your contributions will be greatly missed. Your have worked so hard for so many years and and now it’s time to enjoy a well-deserved retirement. Wishing you a happy and joyous retirement with lots of fond memories.
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Retirement wishes for a friend or family member

If a friend or family member is retiring, it is important to celebrate their transition as they leave their working lives behind. Our wishes should be heartfelt and full of appreciation for their fulfilling career and dedication to working for the family. Here are some example words that can be added to their card:

  1. I’m so happy for you as you start this new chapter in your life. Congratulations on your well-deserved time to relax. Wishing you a happy and relaxing retirement.
  2. Congratulations on reaching this major life milestone, your retirement. The entire family sends their regard and warmest wishes on this successful commemoration. You have earned this time to relax and enjoy your next years with the people who matter most.
  3. You have been an inspiration to us all. We are so proud of all you have accomplished and we look forward to seeing all the wonderful things you will do in your retirement.
  4. You’ve worked so hard your entire life and I’m sure you are looking forward to finally getting a chance to stop and smell the roses.
  5. You have dedicated so much of your life to your career and now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
  6. Retirement is a time for new adventures, so enjoy the upcoming journey. As you embark on this exciting chapter in your life, may you find joy and fulfillment in all that you do.
  7. Your hard work and dedication have brought you to this moment, congratulations on your retirement. Its a major life milestone and I’m so excited to see all the new adventures you’ll be embarking on now that you have more time.
  8. As your celebrate the successful culmination of your professional career, please accept my warmest congratulations and best wishes. Your hard work and dedication have paid off and you deserve this time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Congratulations on your well-deserved time off.
  9. You have my deepest appreciation for the years of hard work and dedication you have invested in your career. Cheers to your retirement, and I hope you find plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy your newfound freedom.
  10. It’s is a time to look back with pride on a successful career and look forward to new adventures. As we say goodbye, I extend my heartfelt congratulations and a wish you a wonderful future ahead.
  11. Retirement is an exciting time, and you deserve to enjoy it to the fullest. Your hard work and professionalism have been an inspiration to the entire family.
  12. Finally you get the opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the simple things in life. Enjoy your time with friends and family and take up all those hobbies that you never got around to do before.
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What not to write on a retirement card

When writing a retirement card, it’s important to avoid certain topics that may be considered inappropriate or sensitive. Here are a few examples:

  1. Negative or critical comments about the retiree’s past performance or conduct. This can be seen as disrespectful and insensitive, instead focus on their accomplishments and contributions.
  2. Don’t bring up any past conflicts or issues, even if they were resolved. A retirement is not an occasion to dig up old graves, its a time to move on and let it go.
  3. Avoid discussing the retiree’s private issues or concerns, such as finance or health, as this can be considered sensitive and private information.
  4. Avoid asking them how they are going to spend their retirement days. Its a big transition and some people may not be prepared for it yet. Such questions may cause unnecessary stress or anxiety to the retiree.
  5. Avoid commenting about their family or kids unless you know their relationship. If the retiree doesn’t have good relations with family, or doesn’t have a family, such messages can come across as insensitive.
  6. Jokes or remarks about age or ‘free time’ may be offensive or insensitive. Not everyone has the same sense of humor and depending on your closeness with the retiree, avoid a joke if it can be misconstrued.
  7. Being insincere, such as writing a short generic message or being too casual or informal, like using slang or casual language.

Conclusion

In conclusion, writing a thoughtful and appropriate retirement message is a great way to show your appreciation and support for a retiree. Whether you are writing to a friend, family member, coworker or a boss, it’s important to convey your congratulations, best wishes and express your gratitude for their contributions and dedication.

We hope that this article has been helpful in guiding you as you write your own retirement messages. As you begin to think about the retiree’s next chapter, and new beginnings, why not make their farewell even more memorable by using our retirement group greeting cards to send your well wishes. These cards can be signed by multiple people together without going through the hassles of passing the card around. You can also add GIFs, Stickers, or Photos to make these cards more personalized and unique. This can be perfect memento on its own, or can be great to accompany a retirement gift.

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