Happy Retirement Wishes & Card Messages

Last Updated: April 19, 2021

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Happy retirement wishes and card messages to wish your boss, coworker, friend, or family member all the very best in their retirement and to congratulate them on reaching this incredible milestone!

On this page we've written a large range of wishes and sentiments you can use to write the perfect retirement message for the lucky retiree. There are also inspiring and funny retirement quotes you can add to your card message, and writing tips to help you compose a the perfect personalized retirement congratulations!

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Short Retirement Wishes and Messages

Short and simple retirement wishes to say congratulations to the lucky retiree! These short messages are perfect for friends and family, or can be used in a group card to farewell a coworker.

Congratulations on your retirement!

It's your time to relax! Congratulations on your retirement, you've earned it!

Congratulations on your retirement, we're so excited to see you have some time to enjoy and relax after all that hard work!

Happy retirement! Enjoy your well-deserved time off.

Congratulations! You've had a brilliant career and now it's time for a fantastic retirement - enjoy!

You made it! Congratulations on your retirement, we'll miss you around the office.

Wishing you a wonderful retirement. Enjoy this new chapter of your life and we hope it's filled with good health, relaxation, and fun!

I'll miss your energy, enthusiasm, and most of all, your unfailing dedication to helping this place function a little better everyday. Wishing you nothing but the best in your retirement.

It's a big, beautiful world out there. Adventure awaits! Wishing you all the very best for your retirement!

Happy Retirement! All the best to you and your family at this exciting time.

Congratulations! We hope you enjoy every minute of your retirement!

Congratulations on your long awaited retirement, we're so happy for you. Enjoy spending more time with your beautiful grandkids!

Funny Retirement Wishes and Messages

Some funny retirement wishes and card sentiments to celebrate reaching retirement and to send them on their way with a laugh.

Good-bye tension and hello pension! Congratulations from all of us to one well-deserving retiree.

Congratulations on your retirement! Now you'll have more time for sleeping in, fishing, reading, and golfing... unless you want to trade places with me?

Busy Monday mornings, working late shifts, horrible coffee, and a demanding boss... of course we know you'll miss all of this! Congratulations on your retirement from your jealous co-workers!

Retirement - it's doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it! Congratulations, and enjoy your new found freedom!

You're not truly retired - [insert hobby, eg. golfing or knitting] is a full time job! Wishing you all the best in this new chapter of your life.

Welcome to retirement, where every day feels like the weekend and soon you'll forget what day it is!

We want you to know that we'll miss you here at work, but understand that this feeling is not mutual! Enjoy your retirement!

Wishing you a very happy retirement with plenty of time to get through that "to do" list of yours!

Retirement is the only real excuse you'll ever have to spend your entire life's savings. Have fun!

In retirement I've heard that there is never enough time to do all the nothing you want. But I'm sure you'll make the most of every opportunity!

Happy Retirement Wishes for Friends & Family

Retirement congratulations you can use to wish friends and family members all the best for their retirement. You can use these retirement wishes ideas as a starting point to personalize your own retirement message.

Congratulations, the countdown is over! Enjoy your new found freedom and we hope you have a very happy retirement!

Congratulations on your retirement, we're all so proud of how hard you've worked and now it's time for some well deserved rest and relaxation!

Congratulations, you made it! So thrilled to hear you're finally retiring, and we can't wait to spend more time with you!

Congratulations on your retirement! You worked hard to get to this point, now it is time to enjoy all the wonderful experiences ahead of you.

Make sure you work just as hard at enjoying your retirement as you have in your career! Congratulations and we hope you have a very happy retirement!

Congratulations, now it's time for the fun to begin! All the best for this next stage of your life, we're so happy for you!

Wow I can't believe you're actually retiring! Very well deserved after such an amazing career, and I hope you enjoy every moment.

Many congratulations to you! We are so proud of all you've achieved in your career and now it's time for a well deserved change of pace! Enjoy your retirement.

Congratulations, you're now your own boss! We hope you have a very happy retirement!

We're so proud of all the hard work you've put in your career and now it's time to enjoy your retirement. Enjoy your well deserved change of pace!

Happy Retirement Wishes for Coworkers or your Boss

A collection of retirement sentiments to wish a coworker or your boss all the best for their retirement and the next chapter of their life. You can use these retirement wishes as a starting point to personalize your own retirement message, adding something specific you're grateful for or to acknowledge a particular work achievement.

Congratulations on your retirement! It's been such a pleasure working with you, you've set such an example to us all with your dedication and hard work. We wish you a wonderful retirement!

It's hard to believe the time has come to say goodbye. You're one of a kind and we're going to have a hard time replacing you! Thank you for all you've contributed over the years, we'll miss your dedication and enthusiasm. We wish you a long, happy retirement. Don't be a stranger.

I'll miss you! You've been the glue that's kept this place together. It's been a joy to work with you, and I'm so happy you're taking the time to retire and pursue your dreams.

You've been an amazing employee and friend here. It's been a pleasure working with you and I'll miss your energy, enthusiasm, and most of all, your unfailing dedication to helping this place function a little better everyday. Have a very happy retirement!

Now that you've retired, make sure you work just as hard at relaxing as you worked hard at your job! Thanks for all your support and advice over the years, you've been a great co-worker and friend. All the best for a wonderful retirement!

It has been such a pleasure working with you for the past [insert how many] years. You've been a great co-worker and friend, and we're sad to see you go. We hope you have a very happy retirement and enjoy your new-found freedom!

The countdown has officially ended! You made it! I'm going to miss you very much, especially your positive attitude and everything you've done to support me over the years. I wish you a happy retirement full of fun times, relaxation, and many good books!

Congratulations from all of us on your retirement! You've been a great co-worker and friend, and we'll miss seeing you around the office. Don't forget to keep in touch! Wishing you all the very best for your retirement, you deserve it!

You made it! Congratulations on your retirement! You're officially your own boss, and I wish you much success and happiness in this new chapter of your life. I'm going to miss you, you've been a great friend and co-worker, and I really appreciate all you have done to support me over the years. Don't forget to keep in touch!

Congratulations on your retirement! You've accomplished so much over your career and we're going to miss your guidance, support, and positive attitude. We're so pleased you'll have more time for yourself and that you can enjoy all those things you've wanted to do. Enjoy this new chapter of your life, and we wish you all the best!

Congratulations on your retirement! You've set a great example for us in the office, and your positive attitude, guidance, and dedication is going to be sorely missed. Now it's time to take some time for yourself! We wish you a happy and healthy retirement, and hope that you enjoy your new found freedom!

Congratulations on your retirement, and thank you for all you have done to guide this company forwards over the years. We truly appreciate your dedication and hard work, and the example you have set for us all. We wish you continued success in your retirement.

It's been a pleasure working with you over the past [insert number of] years, you've been a fantastic boss and a great mentor. Enjoy your retirement and some well deserved time for yourself. Do keep in touch!

Thank you for everything you've done for the company over the past [insert number of] years. We'll miss your guidance and support in the office. Now it's time to do what you want to do, and we hope you have a long and happy retirement.

Congratulations on your retirement! You've accomplished so much in this company and we truly appreciate your effort and dedication. Wishing you all the best in your retirement.

Now that you've retired, make sure you work just as hard at relaxing as you worked hard at your job! Thanks for all your support and advice over the years, you've been a great boss. All the best for a wonderful retirement!

Congratulations on your retirement! You've accomplished so much over your career and we're going to miss your guidance, support, and positive attitude. We're so pleased you'll have more time for yourself and that you can enjoy all those things you've wanted to do. Enjoy this new chapter of your life, and we wish you all the best!

Congratulations on your retirement! It's been such a pleasure working with you, you've set such an example to us all with your dedication and hard work. We wish you a wonderful retirement!

Happy Retirement Quotes & Sayings

In this section you'll find both inspiring and funny retirement quotes you can add to a retirement greeting card message.

It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.
~ Ernie Harwell

Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway.
~ Unknown

It is so hard to leave - until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.
~ from "Paper Towns" by John Green

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
~ J. Lubbock

Retire from work, but not from life.
~ M.K. Soni

Retirement is when you stop living at work and start working at living.
~ Anon

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

Retirement: That's when you return from work one day and say: "Hi, Honey, I'm home - forever."
~ Gene Perret

What do you call someone who's happy on Mondays? Retired!
~ Anon

The key to retirement is to find joy in the little things.
~ Susan Miller

Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to great places. You're off and away!
~ Dr. Suess

Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. it is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different.
~ Patrick Foley

Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to.
~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
~ Abraham Lincoln

Retirement is when you switch bosses from the one who hired you to the one who married you.
~ Gene Perret

How to Write a Personalized Retirement Message

Want to write a personalized retirement message that will make them smile and feel good about themselves and proud of all they have achieved? Just mix one or more of these four ingredients to come up with your own retirement wishes for the lucky retiree!

1. Accomplishment

Acknowledge the person's contribution and hard work over their career, thanking them for their commitment and the work that they have done, and to celebrate how much they have accomplished over their career. For example,

"Thanks for all your hard work these years, fielding all the phone calls and making sure our office runs like clockwork. I don't know what we're going to do without you!"


2. What you'll miss about them

Tell them what you'll miss about them, from their encouragement or guidance on projects, to their conversation at coffee time. Tell them how it's been a pleasure to work with them, and thank them for all they have done. E.g.

"I'm going to miss having you around - your good mood was so contagious. Also, don't think we'll ever find someone who bakes as nice birthday cakes as you!"


3. Things they won't miss

Remind them all the things about work that they might NOT miss in retirement, like stressful end-of-year deadlines, bad coffee, or very long Monday morning staff meetings! E.g.

"Congratulations on your final escape from our Monday morning staff meetings!"


4. What they've got to look forward to

Mention things the person can look forward to in their retirement, from more time to spend on their hobbies to more time with their family, or time to go traveling, read a good book, etc. And finally, don't forget to wish them a long, happy, healthy retirement! E.g.

"We hope you have a long and happy retirement - enjoy all your travel and time with the grandkids!"


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Retirement Gift Ideas

Here are a couple of easy retirement gift ideas to help you send off the retiree with your best retirement wishes and your gratitude, and perhaps a few laughs too!

Printable Retirement Poster

Make a personalized poster to celebrate their retirement! It's a fun, unique gift they can treasure for years. Plus it's so easy to make, using our online poster-generator.

Click here to personalize and print your poster


Printable Retirement Certificate

Have a play on our free Retirement certificate maker and present your colleague or family member with a funny certificate celebrating this milestone achievement.

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More Retirement Ideas

I hope you enjoyed our collection of retirement wishes and messages! Do take a look at our collection of 70 Retirement Quotes if you're looking for more card message ideas.

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