Warrnambool City Council workers Andrew Parsons, 61 (right), and Peter Kelly, 63, are retiring after a combined 79 years service. THE City of Warrnambool municipal depot will be a different place next week.
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The dusty, machinery-filled facility will be lacking two workplace veterans who have decided to swap shovel trucks for caravans.

Service manager of roads and drains Peter Kelly, 63, and Andrew Parsons, 61, retire today with a combined service of more than 79 years.

“I’m feeling really good,” Mr Parsons yesterday told The Standard.

“I’m looking forward to catching up on what I missed out on.

“Travelling and spending time with the family, the grandchildren, that sort of thing.

“I’m moving onto another stage of my life.”

After considering retirement for the past year, Mr Kelly said he was ready to move on but would miss the social side of his job.

“I can’t wait,” he said.

“I’ll miss the people (but) I’ll still see the guys all around.”

Mr Kelly started at the depot 36 years ago, while Mr Parsons is retiring with 43-and-a-half years under his belt.

“My first day was the 15th of July, 1968,” he said.

“I worked here for two years when a guy went to national service.

“Dad actually worked here and said there was something going for a couple of years.

“A couple of years turned into 43-and-a-half.”

The two workers said technology had changed significantly during their time at the depot.

“It’s gone from a pen to a computer,” Mr Parsons said.

“From using the old machinery to modern-day equipment.

“There’s been some big, big changes.”

“It was a lot more relaxed then, we just did our work,” Mr Kelly said.

“(But) you have to keep changing with it, it’s one of the biggest challenges.

“(You have to) adapt to different machinery.

“If you live in the past you don’t get anywhere, do you?” The pair said that from their years of memories, cleaning up after the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires was a devastating highlight.

“(But) it’s been good, getting to where we’ve got to,” Mr Kelly said.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, I reckon it’s great,” Mr Parsons added.

The two friends are looking forward to a retirement of caravan holidays, family time, gardening and infinite relaxation.

But their wives Margaret (Kelly) and Carol (Parsons) may have other ideas.

“We’re both going from one boss to another,” Mr Parsons laughed.

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