In May I wrote about Bob Reardon, the oldest active flight attendant in the world. He had just turned 90, and had been at Delta (and previously Northwest) for 63 years.
Well, the following update was just posted on Facebook:
DearColleagues, Friends and Family of Robert “Bob” Reardon,
Yesterday,the Company announced the retirement of Robert Reardon effective August 30,2014. Rather than a date to celebrate,it marks the end of a 62 year, 8 month career marred by a seven-month stressfuland unfortunate ordeal. Robert’s pendingretirement was not of his choosing.
Robert hasmade it very clear that he does NOT want any “celebrations,” “parties,” or “events,” planned or hosted bythe Company. They would be inappropriate and insincere.
Instead, agathering of friends, family and supporters will be held to honor and reminiscewith Robert when he is ready to do so. Pleasebe assured that when decisions are made, you will be advised of the details,with sufficient advance notice so you may plan/bid accordingly.
For now, wehave set up a Facebook page so everyone may post messages, stories and picturesacknowledging Robert’s career, dabbled with his incredible memory, humor andwit. The world will most likely neverhave another “Robert-like” icon.
Pleaseunderstand that Robert needs time to sort out and reflect upon the eventspreceding his retirement. We invite everyoneto share Robert’s Facebook page with your friends around the globe, as theCompany announcement via email sent yesterday, was addressed only toMinneapolis/St. Paul based flight attendants.
On behalf of“OUR BOB”, the current holder of TWO Guinness World Records, thank you for yoursupport on his past journeys and into the future after the end of alife-defining career.
As Roberthas closed his notes, letters and commentaries thousand times, “Otherwise, allis lovely and serene. As ever, Robert.”
Thanks fortaking us along for the ride.
Based on this it looks like he’s not retiring by choice after a seven month “ordeal.” Hmmm.
I’m not sure if we should chip in to plan him a retirement party, or to fix the space bar on the computer of whoever wrote that post…