Retirement Messages to Help you Send the Best Congratulations

by Olivier De Winne

Retirement messages are an ideal way of showing your thanks and appreciation when somebody retires from their working life.  Here are my top 3 favourite retirement messages:

  1. You are hardworking, formidable, yet easy to talk to.  We will miss you greatly but wish you a very Happy Retirement!
  2. When you retire, you switch bosses – from the one who hired you to the one who married you!
  3. Your contribution is matchless, your dedication is endless, your guidance is priceless, and your absence is undesirable.  Happy Retirement!

I know these retirement messages would touch my heart and make me smile.  They would also make me feel valued and my years of service meaningful.


You need to take time to find the right words for your retirement messages. To help you write perfect retirement messages, browse our comprehensive collection of the best retirement messages.  Once you have found the best retirement messages, you can adapt and personalise them to the retiree.

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Amazing List of 168 Easy-to-Adapt Retirement Messages

  1. Your constant vision has guided us successfully.  We were lucky to work with you and we will stay true to your path. Happy Retirement!
  2. This is the end of an impressive career and you have achieved so much. We will miss you as an inspirational leader. Happy Retirement Boss!
  3. In time, we might forget what you said and what you did, but we will never forget how you made us feel.  You have been an amazing Teacher, now enjoy your well-earned retirement!
  4. Your contribution is matchless, your dedication is endless, your guidance is priceless, and your absence is undesirable.  Happy Retirement!
  5. Everyone who remembers his own education remembers Teachers, not methods and techniques.  The Teacher is the heart of the educational system.
  1. A truly special Teacher is incredibly wise and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes.
  2. Teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.
  3. It will be hard for us to be as productive and as innovative without you, but we are gradually chipping away at it! Wishing you a cheerful retirement!
  4. It is the supreme art of the Teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
  5. We know you loved your job. We hope your new retirement life will bring the same fulfilment.
  1. 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.
  2. Do not cry because it’s over, smile because it happened!
  3. Remember us! Just because you are retired does not mean you quit taking lunch breaks. Make certain to stay in contact and schedule us in!
  4. Teachers touch the lives of so many students each year and leave a lasting imprint on each one for a lifetime.  Thank you for your years of guidance and support!  Enjoy your well-earned retirement!
  5. , but it takes someone extra special to be a leader.  Thanks for leading us so inspirationally through good times and bad.  We will miss you but wish you all the best for a long and happy retirement.
  1. It is time to forget the timetable and take time out for you! Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!
  2. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant Teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.
  3. A Teacher nourishes the soul of a child for a lifetime.
  4. When it’s time for somebody as magnificent as you to retire, it makes my heart melt! Congratulations Boss and all the best to your relaxing years ahead!
  5. You exemplify hard work and energy!  We are much obliged to you for making such a cheerful environment in the workplace. We will miss you tremendously!
  1. What do you call an individual who is cheerful on a Monday? Retired!
  2. It is hard to find the words for someone as great as you. Thank you for being there when I needed your support. Enjoy your retirement life!
  3. People will not remember exactly what you said, people will also forget your actions, but people will always remember how you affected them and made them feel!
  4. Thank you for always motivating us to do our best. Enjoy your retirement life!
  5. You are one of the hardest working people I have ever met!  Enjoy your retirement because you have earned it!
  1. Great Teachers empathise with children, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.
  2. More important than the curriculum is the question of the methods of teaching and the spirit in which the teaching is given.
  3. Retire from work, but not from life!
  4. Being able to help someone learn something is a talent.
  5. Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.
  1. The entirety of the magnificent things you have accomplished for us will not be overlooked. Enjoy retirement life.
  2. The greatest gift of all gifts is to the ability to inspire others to find their own gift.
  3. You have come into the lives and touched the hearts of so many students over the years.  We will miss you so much but enjoy your retirement!
  4. Spreading sheets sounds more appealing than a spreadsheet!
  5. Now you have permission to dive into the best chapter of your life!  Enjoy your retirement life.
  1. Thanks for all the guidance and support that you have provided me over the years. I appreciate all that you have done for me and shown me. Enjoy your retirement!
  2. As in every single effective endeavour, the establishment of a decent retirement needs to be planned.  Enjoy your retirement life!
  3. Teachers teach because they care.  Teaching young people is what they do best.  It requires long hours, patience, and care.
  4. Wishing you a satisfying and stress-free retirement!  Think of us from time to time still stuck in the office!  Happy Retirement!
  5. A good teacher is like a candle, they slowly retreat to give light to others.

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  1. Happy retirement! Life is calling! We wish you a future that is worth every bit of hard work and dedication.
  2. Retirement is an ideal opportunity to hang up your suits and shirts for joggers and sweatshirts. Enjoy retirement life!
  3. Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre, and future of the individual.  If people remember me as a good Teacher, that will be the biggest honour for me.
  4. A Teacher like you can never really retire.  You may stop coming to school, but you will continue to inspire your students every day!  Happy Retirement!
  5. The one who plants trees, knowing that he or she will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.
  1. I am much obliged to you for continually persuading us to give a valiant effort. We wish you an amazing retirement with long periods of happiness to come!
  2. You gave us more than guidelines. You propelled us forward and provided us with the best guidance. Happy Retirement!
  3. The greatest sign of success for a Teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”
  4. Retiring implies less duty and “nearly” no work. If you do not mind, let me know whether you need assistance discovering new activities. My garage could use a quick overview!  Happy Retirement Boss.
  5. Not all superheroes wear capes, some have teaching degrees.
  1. Each year, you carefully nurture a new class and help them grow.  We will miss your patience, understanding and commitment but wish you all the best for your retirement!
  2. Your family will be delighted to have you at home now. Thanks for all you did for us.  You were more than a Boss; you were a great leader who pushed us to the limits, and we are grateful for that!  Now enjoy the next chapter of your life.  Happy Retirement Boss!
  3. Congratulations on your retirement! Wishing you uninterrupted days of enjoyment and happiness with your friends and family.
  4. An utterly amazing Teacher is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget.
  5. The walls of this school will feel hollow, corridors will feel empty and classrooms will feel lifeless without the inspirational presence of a Teacher like you.
  1. I know you are going to be busy with plenty of activities after retirement but be prudent because retired life can be dangerous. You need to get out of bed each day and climb onto the sofa!  Happy Retirement!
  2. I will miss you and thank you for inspiring me and giving me confidence.
  3. The harder you work, the harder it is to give up.
  4. The true Teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.
  5. Now is the time for you to retire, but you cannot retire from being extraordinary!
  1. It is a shame that you were not brought into this world two or three years earlier. We would have had more opportunity to learn from an extraordinary manager like you. Wishing you a cheerful retirement!
  2. The teaching that makes its mark is not what is done head to head, but from heart to heart.
  3. My goal is to be as good as you, but I would be happy if I could achieve half the amount you contributed to the company. Happy Retirement Boss!
  4. We are sad to lose such a fine person who was able to lead us to the top. You left nobody behind, and your success was building a strong team around you. We became better each day and gained much from working with you. Happy Retirement Boss!
  5. All the best wishes on your next adventure!
  1. The work of the Teacher is not so much to teach everything learnable, as to awaken in the student the desire to learn and know. Enjoy your retirement!
  2. Retirement is a busy life.  There will never be sufficient time to do all the nothing you need.
  3. We work for our entire lives so we can retire – so we can do what we need with our time – and the manner in which we characterise or invest our energy characterises what our identity is and what we esteem.
  4. You are leaving us with priceless memories and lessons that will last forever. We could not ask for anymore. Thank you and have a wonderful retirement!
  5. Your next task is to make sure you enjoy your retirement life.  This could be difficult because the hours are flexible, and you are the only one who can decide what you want to do. Happy Retirement Boss!
  1. Goodbyes do not really apply to great Teachers because they will always be fondly remembered in the hearts and minds of their students!  Thank you for your passion and professionalism.  Happy Retirement!
  2. You have improved us and the organization, and for that thank you.
  3. Contemplate infinity in a grain of sand and may your retirement always be golden!  Happy retirement!
  4. To have you as a Boss was a gift for us.  You brought a lot of energy to the team.
  5. You have motivated me to be consistently positive and energetic. A partner like you is a one of a kind find. Wishing you a well-deserved Happy Retirement!
  1. We learned a lot from you.  You told us everything is possible even if the situation was not good. So now I want to tell you that yes, everything is possible, and you can do what you want now!  Happy Retirement Boss!
  2. Yes, you have helped your students read and write, but you have also made them wonder, question, and explore.  Now, it is your time to discover and enjoy the world of retirement.  Enjoy every minute!
  3. Teachers patiently support and inspire so that students can grow and fulfil their potential.  Thank you so much for your passion and dedication to teaching!  Enjoy your retirement!
  4. We will miss your contagious smile and enthusiasm.  You have helped so many children learn, teaching them to always try their best and never give up.  Thank you for being such a fantastic role model over the years.  Enjoy your retirement!
  5. I am retired – goodbye tension!
  1. We will miss your support, cheerfulness, and advice.  It was an honour to work with you.
  2. Happy Retirement Boss!  You worked hard all your life and now it is time to enjoy it!
  3. I cannot wait to retire so I can get up at 6 AM and drive around slowly making everyone behind schedule for work.
  4. Thank you for your dedication to the teaching profession for (number) years.  It is time to put down your marking pen and enjoy retirement life!
  5. Most people retire with a pension fund, but few people retire with the respect and love of all their students!  You are a star and we wish you a bright and happy retirement!
  1. We all wish you a long, healthy, and happy retirement!
  2. Teachers reach deep inside their students and find their hidden strengths.  They never give up on students and believe passionately in their futures.  Now is the time to enjoy your future.  Enjoy retired life!
  3. You were more than a Boss to me.  I may have lost an amazing Boss, but I have gained a good friend. Happy Retirement Boss!
  4. There is an entirely different sort of life ahead, loaded with encounters simply already in the works. Some call it ‘retirement.’ I call it ‘bliss’.
  5. You were my Boss and after years working together, we have become great friends.  So, my friend, I wish you the best time of your life and see you next weekend!
  1. It is hard to believe you will be off now!  You hired me and this was the best thing for me.  I learned a lot from you, and I want to thank you for your kindness. Happy Retirement Boss!
  2. Happy Retirement! You will be missed enormously but never forgotten!
  3. Teachers do not just instruct; they encourage and believe that their students can achieve.  Wishing you all the best on your retirement and may you achieve all your hopes and dreams!
  4. You gave us a lot of goals at work.  Now your goal is to enjoy retirement life!
  5. I have been lucky to work by your side.  I only wish I were older so that I could have worked alongside you longer!
  1. We wish we had your critical thinking capacities. We were sufficiently fortunate to get the opportunity to gain such a great amount from you. We will carry on your legacy! Happy Retirement!
  2. Although your teachings will forever be treasured, your contribution to our lives can never be measured!  Happy retirement!
  3. It was hard for you to go on a vacation but know you can take 6 months holiday, twice a year!  Enjoy your retirement Boss!
  4. It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.  Thank you and enjoy your retirement.
  5. A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.
  1. Do not forget that we retire just once, so make it count. Happy Retirement Boss!
  2. I know you have plenty of things you want to achieve now you are free from work.  Enjoy your retirement life!
  3. I am not simply retiring from the organization; I am likewise retiring from my pressure, my drive, my morning timer, and my iron!
  4. It is time to put your family and friends before work. Happy Retirement!
  5. You are the kind of Teacher who has inspired many.  We will miss you a lot, but we will always be grateful for your many years of dedicated service.  Happy Retirement!
  1. It is hard to find the words for someone as great as you. Thank you for being there when I needed your support. Enjoy your retirement life!
  2. Retirement is ideal to escape the rat race; however, you need to figure out how to live with less cheddar.
  3. This place became a nicer place to work because you made it brighter for all of us. Happy Retirement Boss!
  4. Teachers plant seeds of knowledge that grow forever.  Enjoy your retirement!
  5. I find it hard to believe that this is happening, but yes you are retiring now!  We have worked for so long together that I cannot remember when it all began.  However, I am sad because all these years were not long enough for me. I will miss you greatly Boss. Enjoy your retirement time!
  1. To perhaps the best individual in the workplace, numerous congratulations on your retirement!
  2. Your time is over here but the best times are ahead of you. Enjoy retirement life!
  3. You showed us the way and we are going to carry on your good work.  Happy Retirement!
  4. The best idea is to start contemplating your retirement before the manager does.
  5. Old teachers never retire, they just grade away!  It is time to put down your marking pens and have fun doing the things you want to do in your retirement!
  1. When a man retires, his wife gets twice as much husband for half as much money.
  2. Teaching is one big adventure but now it is time for a new adventure.  Enjoy your retirement!
  3. The secret of success is teamwork.  You led us and made us better and we became the dream team. Thank you for your commitment to us and Happy Retirement Boss!
  4. To probably the best individual in the group: I am miserable to see you go but want you to enjoy all that life has to offer in this energising new phase of your life!
  5. Remain youthful on a basic level, kind in soul, and appreciate retirement living.
  1. On the off chance that I was granted a couple of wishes, I would request your gifts and capacities. Wishing you the most perfect retirement!
  2. Let us celebrate the end of your professional career but let us also celebrate your new life as a retiree!
  3. We spend our lives on the run: we get up by the clock, eat and rest by the clock, get up once more, go to work – and afterwards, we retire. Also, what do they give us? A bloody clock!
  4. There are some who start their retirement well before they stop working.
  1. We will miss you in school, but the influence of a good Teacher can never be erased.  Happy retirement!
  2. I hope you will be busy and fulfilled in your new life of adventures.  Enjoy travelling the world!
  3. There is one thing I always wanted to do before I quit . . .  retire!
  4. Your new quarterly objective is to dodge anything which resembles work and unwind! Numerous congratulations on your retirement!
  5. You gave us much more than education.  You gave us endless inspiration which helped us to rise and soar!  We will miss you but enjoy your retirement!
  1. Now eat your cake and enjoy your retirement Boss, you deserve it!
  2. Stopping working with us does not mean you cannot come for a coffee break with us from time to time!  You will always be very welcome. Enjoy your new life Boss.
  3. The company will not be the same without you!
  4. Looking at the profit and loss sheet, your family will profit, and you will be a loss for the company. Farewell and Good Luck!
  5. Retirement: World’s longest coffee break.
  1. Retirement: That’s when you return from work one day and say, “Hi, Honey, I’m home” — forever!
  2. The impact of a good Teacher cannot be underestimated.  A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, touches a heart, and shapes a future.  We wish you an incredibly happy future for your retirement!
  3. You were the lighthouse who directed our path through safe waters. Enjoy your retirement life!
  4. Cheers to your all-round well-earned retirement! You brought a great deal to our organisation and were an essential part in the establishment of its prosperity. Wishing you a cheerful retirement!
  5. I feel lucky to have met you because you taught me so well. Thank you and enjoy your retirement life!
  1. On the off chance that you figure you will be retired, you must reconsider! Your wife will be your new Boss and your grandkids your new partners! Wishing you a cheerful retirement!
  2. You are the kind of person who is difficult to replace.
  3. You are never too old to even think about setting another objective or to dream another fantasy.
  4. To the world you may be just a Teacher but to your students you are a hero! Congratulations on your well-earned retirement.
  5. Not many individuals commit themselves to their activity as you did. Now it is to think about yourself by doing what you always wanted.
  1. There comes a day when you understand turning the page is the best feeling in the world. Since you understand there is quite a lot more to the book than the page you were stuck on.
  2. He who laughs last at the Boss’s jokes is probably not far from retirement!
  3. We finally managed to stop you working, so now put your energy into your new journey. Happy Retirement!
  4. Your retirement vacancy may be filled by another, but in our hearts, you are simply irreplaceable.  We are going to miss you so much but enjoy your retirement!
  5. Wishing you a long, happy, and healthy retirement!
  1. You are one of the best Coworkers I have ever worked with! You sincerely deserve every happiness in your retirement!
  2. Working individuals have a great deal of unfortunate propensities, however the most noticeably terrible of these is work.
  3. You are now your own boss!
  4. Today is the end of this chapter, tomorrow a more exciting one will begin.  Enjoy retirement life!
  5. A Teacher affects eternity; he/she can never tell where his/her influence stops.
  1. You have been elevated to the best phase of your life! Congratulations and Happy Retirement!
  2. Think about it … now you never have to ask for a day off again! Happy Retirement!
  3. The issue with retirement is that you never get a free day.
  4. Thank you so much for all your hard work and commitment. Congratulations on your retirement!
  5. All the best for an amazing retirement! Enjoy your new chapter in life, where you become your own boss.
  1. A Teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.
  2. You have worked perpetually for this organization. If you put in as much effort in making the most of your retirement, it is certain to be a runaway success!
  3. Congratulations to our most enthusiastic Boss. I wish you all the best on your retirement!
  4. Thank you for being such an enthusiastic and determined professional.  I am sure these characteristics will stay with you during your new life as a retiree.
  5. When you retire, you switch bosses – from the one who hired you to the one who married you.
  1. A good Teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imaginations, and instil a love of learning.
  2. Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good Teacher.
  3. Your new KPIs are relaxation, enjoyment, and wellbeing.  Happy Retirement!
  4. It is strange to say this to a Boss but yes, I will miss you! You inspired me to improve every day and the things I learned at work are thanks to you.  Happy Retirement Boss!

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