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Speech Sample - Retirement
Let$me$first$say$I'm$slightly$confused$by$all$these$wonderful$things$people$have$
been$saying$about$me$all$evening.$Not$that$I$don't$agree$with$your$comments.$In$
fact,$I$could$add$a$few$other$qualities$ I $think$you've$overlooked.$But$what$
genuinely$confuses$me$is$that$none$of$you've$bothered$to$mention$these$feelings$
to$me$before.$Heck,$if$you'd$only$come$and$spoken$to$me$before$I$retired,$who$
knows,$I$might$have$given$you$a$raise$or$a$promotion.$I$would$have$at$least$
spoken$a$little$more$kindly$of$you.$Even$towards$you,$for$that$matter.$
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Honestly,$though,$I$couldn't$be$more$honored$by$tonight's$ceremony.$To$hear$
those$who$are$the$closest$and$most$important$people$in$my$life$recounting$such$
touching$memories$is$a$very$special$pleasure.$
My$sincere$thanks$goes$out$to$[ORGANIZERS$OF$EVENT]$for$making$such$a$
magical$evening$for$me.$To$my$work$colleagues,$thank$you$for$making$my$
Mondays$to$Fridays$(plus$the$occasional$weekend)$so$enjoyable.$Looking$back$on$
my$career$and$thinking$of$all$the$wonderful$people$I've$had$the$opportunity$to$
work$with$is$something$that$I'll$always$treasure.$To$my$children,$my$siblings$and$
other$relatives$both$here$and$absent,$quite$simply,$I$couldn't$stand$here$tonight$
without$the$support$you've$provided$me$over$the$years.$And$naturally,$there$is$
the$one$person$who$has$made$all$the$difference$in$the$world$Q$who$has$defined$
love,$loyalty$and$true$happiness$for$me.$I$can't$begin$to$explain$how$
extraordinary$she/he$is.$To$[SPOUSE],$all$I$have$to$say$is…$get$used$to$having$me$
around$the$house.$
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Now$to$all$of$my$old$work$colleagues,$I'd$hope$that$my$retirement$doesn't$mean$
you'll$abandon$me.$Just$because$I'm$not$lurking$around$the$office$doesn't$mean$
I'm$not$interested$in$hearing$what$everybody's$doing.$I'll$miss$my$[IDENTIFY$A$
DAILY/WEEKLY$RITUAL]$and$somebody's$got$to$be$responsible$for$keeping$me$
in$the$gossip$loop.$And$if$by$chance$I$can$convince$some$of$you$to$take$an$
extended$lunch$and$come$[GOLFING/FISHING/SAILING]$with$me$some$
afternoon,$I$hope$it$won't$take$too$much$effort.$
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In$the$meantime,$you$know$where$you$can$find$me.$Thanks$again$so$much$for$
such$a$lovely$evening.$I'll$never$forget$it.$$
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