How old is too young to retire? Fifty? Sixty? How about eight-nine?
For Jack Hayes, it certainly was, because this year, he is an even 90 and just beginning the transition from full-time welder into part-time “buggering about.” I guess when you love your job, it’s not “work!”
90 may just be time to ease up
Don Farmer | 10th September 2009
After a lifetime of making and fixing things Greytown engineer Jack Hayes has finally hung up his welding gear.
The 90 year old whose exploits with a welding torch and a spanner are legend in South Wairarapa has flagged away taking on jobs for customers but he won’t be sitting idle.
“I’ll keep buggering about but I won’t be taking on any engineering work.”
For all his successes- that include transforming the fishing industry at Ngawi by vastly improving the mechanics of launching and retrieving vessels from the bay – Jack reckons his proudest achievement was not making anything of steel.
“It was making my eight kids, they are my proudest achievement.”