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What to Write in a Retirement Card

Last Updated: Jun 26, 2017

Congratulate the retiree on a long and successful career by writing the perfect retirement message to send them off. You can write a heartfelt note about how much you’ll miss them at work, acknowledge their hard work over the years, or joke about their newfound free time. Whether you’re a co-worker or their child whose all grown up, we’ve provided some guidance below on what to write in a retirement card.

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Step by Step: What to Write in a Retirement Card

If you can’t find the right words to say, follow these simple tips on writing your retirement card message for the retiree:

  • Say congratulations. Congratulate the retiree on the news of their retirement and let them know how happy you are for them.
  • Acknowledge how hard they’ve worked. Let the retiree know that their hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. You can speak about your admiration for their work ethic or remind them how proud you are.
  • Share a favorite memory. If you’re a co-worker, share a favorite memory from work or let your co-worker know you’ll miss them. If you’re a family member or friend, share what you remember most about the retiree’s journey to success.
  • Send well wishes for the future. Send the retiree off with well wishes for their next chapter. You can wish them a relaxing future, wish them endless vacations, or write a humorous message. You can also write how you’re looking forward to spending time with them.

Retirement Card Messages

Send the retiree off with well wishes and a retirement card message that compliments them on their long career. Here are some examples of retirement card messages you can add to your card below:

  • For the person who gave their best, cheers to your retirement! May you have the best and most fulfilling one. Enjoy!
  • It’s great to see someone retire who is as deserving as you. Make sure you work just as hard at relaxing as you have in your long career.
  • I’m glad you get to retire while you still have many good and capable years of life left in you! Congratulations!
  • We’re glad that you are retiring, and we are looking forward to spending more time with you. Best wishes!
  • You can be taken out of the workforce, but the work force can never be taken out of you. I am confident you’ll never stop working on things you love to do.
  • Cherish every moment you’ll spend outside the work. It’s time to enjoy your life. Happy Retirement!
  • I wish you a happy retirement filled with fun and happiness.
  • I’m wishing you a long, healthy, and happy retirement!
  • Congratulations, now the fun begins. Best wishes on your new chapter in life.
  • Your new job is to ensure that you enjoy your retirement. The hours are flexible, and you have complete autonomy.
  • Don’t forget to spend a little of your extra time with us. We’re so happy for you!

For a Co-worker or Boss

If you’re writing a retirement message for a co-worker or employee, be sure to write how wonderful it’s been to work with them. Here are a few examples of retirement messages from a co-worker below:

  • I hope you have a wonderful retirement! You will be missed, but never forgotten. You’ve done so much for all of us.
  • Thank you for being a tireless professional, a helpful coworker, and a good friend. Now go and relax!
  • You will remembered for the things that you did here. Thanks for your years of hard work and dedication. Congratulations on your retirement.
  • We’ll miss you. You are one of a kind and not easily replaced.
  • Having someone like you as a coworker has been no less than a gift. Wishing you a wonderful retired life ahead! You will be missed, but never forgotten.
  • We’ll miss you. But, the time is right for you. I sincerely hope that retirement is wonderful and I wish you lots of joyous time with your family.
  • You are one of the hardest workers I have ever known. You deserve a great retirement, but I know you will still keep yourself busy.
  • It was great working with you—your work truly made a lasting impact, and one that has changed the company for the better in so many ways. Congratulations on your retirement!
  • It has been a pleasure working with you. I am wishing you a relaxing, fun, and long retirement. Don’t think too much about this place. Congratulations on your retirement.

Funny Retirement Messages

A funny card can be just as effective as a thoughtful card if you have a great relationship with the retiree. Add some humor to your card with these funny retirement messages:

  • Congratulations on your retirement! If you get bored, you know you can call and hang out with us.
  • Retirement – the only real excuse you’ll ever have to spend your entire life’s savings. Have fun!
  • Best wishes in your retirement. Here’s to watching your grandkids instead of the bottom line.
  • You can be taken out of the workforce, but the work force can never be taken out of you. I am confident you’ll never stop working on things you love to do.
  • No matter how many college degrees, skill development courses and professional accreditation you have received, there is one more qualification you will still receive after your retirement – Master of Doing Nothing. Congratulations!
  • I hope retirement brings you the chance to do whatever it is that you always wanted to do but didn’t get to. All the best!
  • Now that you’ve gone through birth, crawling, walking, school, and many years of work, you can finally relax!
  • Congratulations for gaining two new best friends upon your retirement. Their names are Bed and Couch. You will be hanging out with them a lot.
  • From the bottom of our hearts, we’re going to miss you. Best wishes to your retirement! Feel free to call and visit when you get bored playing around.
  • There are all sorts of things that you will have to learn how to do off the clock now, like making coffee.

If you’re also hosting the retirement party, explore our fun guide on retirement party ideas and themes before choosing retirement party invitations. Retirement parties can be a great way to honor your dear friend, family member, or co-worker. Be sure to send the retiree off in proper fashion with a thoughtful customized gift and genuine message of appreciation.