Happy Retirement Wishes & Card Messages

Last Updated: May 30, 2022

Use these retirement wishes to congratulate your boss, coworker, friend, or family member as they embark on this major life transition. This is an incredible milestone for your boss, coworker, friend, or family member, and you want to wish them all the very best!

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As someone leaves the workplace, they're looking forward to having more time for relaxation, travel, hobbies, and family time. Even joyous retirements can affect every emotion from bittersweet nostalgia to feelings of deep relief. For some, it's a time to say goodbye to a dear coworker. For others, it's time to grab hold of new opportunities.

On this page, you'll find an extensive 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. Plus, writing tips to help you compose the perfect personalized retirement congratulations!

Use the links below to jump to a particular section, or scroll down the page to read all the retirement wishes and quotes.

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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 create your own retirement wishes for the lucky retiree!

1. Accomplishment

Acknowledge the person's contribution and hard work over their career. Thank them for their commitment and work and celebrate how much they have accomplished in 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 travel, 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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Short Retirement Wishes and Messages

Retirement is an opportunity for many to branch out and spend time on their favorite hobbies, travel experiences or more time with their family. Uses these short and simple retirement wishes to say congratulations to the lucky retiree! These short messages are perfect for friends and family or to write in a group card to farewell a coworker.

It's your time to relax! I wish you an incredible life in retirement - you've earned it!

Cheers to one of my favorite people in the office! Congratulations on your retirement!

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.

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.

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

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

Inspirational Retirement Wishes and Messages

Retirement can be a send-off to a new beginning. Use these messages to wish your retiree goodbye as they explore bright new horizons.

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

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

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

You've worked hard to climb this mountain, and now that you've reached the top, you finally get to enjoy the view! Congratulations on your retirement, and wishing you beautiful new vistas!

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!

The count-down is over! And now it's time to stop marking the days off your calendar. Onward to the next journey! I can't wait to see what else you do.

It's time to quit your day job for good! Follow your passion and enjoy the fruits of your work. Congratulations and cheers to your new beginning - you're off to a fantastic start!

Funny Retirement Wishes and Messages

Appeal to their sense of humor with these funny retirement wishes and card sentiments. Celebrate their retirement and send them on their way with a laugh.

Goodbye 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 this! Congratulations on your retirement from your jealous coworkers!

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

You're not truly retired - [insert hobby, e.g., 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're sure going to miss you here at work. Too bad the feeling isn't mutual! Enjoy your retirement!

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

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

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

We're going to miss having you around, [boss/manager/supervisor]! After all, who will we annoy now that you're gone?

Happy Retirement Wishes for Friends & Family

These retirement congratulations are for wishing friends and family members all the best. Even though they might be closing out their current career, this doesn't have to mean the end of their social life. Encourage them to stay in touch throughout this transition as you plan new adventures together.

You've always been such an inspiration for us and our family. Congratulations! We hope you cherish this freedom and have a very happy retirement!

Congratulations on your retirement, we're all so proud of how hard you've worked. Here's to enjoying the hard-won fruits of your labor!

Congratulations, you made it! So thrilled to hear you're finally retiring, and we can't wait to spend more time with 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! Let's celebrate and plan all the trips we haven't gone on yet!

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!

Say goodbye to long hours, and hello to living like every day's a vacation! Enjoy your well-deserved change of pace!

Well done on reaching this milestone! I know your retirement won't be dull for a single minute!

Happy Retirement Wishes for a Coworker

Wish your coworker the very best for their retirement and the next chapter of life with one of these retirement sentiments. Use these retirement wishes as a starting point to personalize your own retirement message. Let them know something specific that you're grateful for, or acknowledge a particular work achievement.

It's been such a pleasure working with you. Your hard work and dedication have set an example for us all. 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.

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

We're so glad to have had the chance to work with you these past [insert how many] years. It's been delightful getting to know you as a coworker and friend, and we're sad to see you go. We hope you have a very happy retirement and enjoy your newfound freedom!

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

You made it! You're officially your own boss! 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 coworker, and I really appreciate all you have done to support me over the years. Don't forget to keep in touch!

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

You've always been a great motivator who helps to bring out the best in others. Your passion and dedication have set a great example for us in the office. We wish you a happy and healthy retirement, as you take some time for yourself!

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.

It's time to leave the spreadsheets behind and start a new chapter in your life. Congratulations on your retirement, and here's to many happy years of leisure and relaxation! We'll miss you!

Thanks for always bringing your positive and professional energy into the office every day. You've been such a gift to work with, and your dedication and hard work have set an example for us all. We wish you a wonderful retirement!

Happy Retirement Wishes for a Boss

Your boss has dedicated so much to keeping the workplace running smoothly, and now it's time to say goodbye. Here are a few wishes to acknowledge their successes and let them know just how much you've appreciated them.

Your skills, hard work, and compassion have made a strong impact on me. I hope your retirement brings you joy and fulfillment!

I'm glad I had the opportunity to work 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!

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.

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.

Congratulations on your retirement! Your encouragement and inspiration have given us direction, 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!

Happy Retirement Wishes for an Employee

Saying goodbye to a treasured employee can be bittersweet. As they move on to the next chapter in their lives, take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and dedication.

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

Thank you for your positivity, hard work, and support. The office won't be the same without you. We'll miss you!

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

Congratulations from all of us on your retirement! You've been a great employee, and we can't imagine this office without you. Don't forget to keep in touch! Wishing you all the very best for your retirement - you deserve it!

Your dedication and motivation have been unparalleled. Here's to many happy years and new experiences in retirement!

Your new goal this quarter: Avoid all work and live your best retired life! Congratulations, you've earned it!

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 to 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

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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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