73 Retirement Card Messages for Friends and Grandparents | Boss or Colleagues | What to Write


You've worked hard your entire life and then the day finally comes when you are able to retire. Whilst it may sadly be the end of a long and successful career, retirement itself is a wonderful beginning - a cause for celebration and excitement! It's the start of a fantastic new chapter doing everything you've ever wanted to do, whenever you want to do it. What could possibly be better?


Tell your friends, family or colleagues just how happy you are for them with a printed greeting card. Whether they plan on spending more time relaxing in the garden, cruising the world, moving to the seaside, buying a motorhome, learning a new hobby or making memories with the grandkids, here you'll find 73 thoughtful messages to write as a way of wishing them well for the future. Funny, heartwarming or professional. Something for everyone.


Short & Sweet Messages


  • Here's to a wonderful new chapter

  • Congratulations on your retirement

  • Time to relax and enjoy yourself

  • Life begins at retirement

  • Now you're as free as the breeze!

  • These are the golden years

  • Wishing you health and happiness for the future

  • Congratulations on your well-deserved 7-day weekend

  • All of your hard work has paid off - enjoy!

  • Goodbye, tension. Hello, pension.

  • End of an era...

  • Best of luck with your new adventure

  • Cheers to a fantastic future!

  • This is where it gets good!

  • Time to start ticking off the bucket list

  • This certainly calls for a huge celebration!

  • Tools down. Feet up. You deserve it!


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Funny Messages


  • The trouble with retirement is you never get a day off

  • When you retire you switch bosses; from the one who hired you to the one who married you

  • Retirement is wonderful. It's doing nothing without worrying about getting caught

  • Retirement means no pressure, no stress, no heartache... unless you play golf!

  • It's nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese

  • When you retire, time is no longer a matter of urgent importance and your colleagues present you with a watch

  • Retirement - the pay is rubbish but the hours are great!

  • Hobbies are important when you retire. 'Wine' doesn't count

  • Retirement can be a great joy if you can figure out how to spend time without spending money

  • What do you call a person who is happy on a Monday? Retired

  • A time to enjoy the finer things in life... like grey hair, velcro slippers and incontinence

  • Every hour is happy hour when you're retired

  • The best way to overcome stress in the workplace is to retire

  • It's funny how young pensioners seem when you become one

  • Move over coffee! Today is the day for champagne!

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Messages for Colleagues


  • Celebrate all that you've accomplished over your career!

  • The office just won't be the same without you

  • For all of your dedication and hard work over the years, you deserve the most amazing retirement

  • Happy retirement to the best workmate/colleague/boss in the whole universe

  • Wave goodbye to the 9 - 5 and hello to one really long weekend

  • Don't forget to stay in touch. We'll miss you!

  • It's been a pleasure to have worked with you all of these years

  • Office parties will never be the same ever again

  • You always made the most amazing cup of tea

  • Sorry that you're leaving but we wish you all the best

  • Cherish every moment spent with your family

  • It will be truly impossible to replace you

  • You've given so much to this company and we thank you for your dedication

  • Hooray! Now you're your own boss

  • We will never forget everything you taught us - you are an inspiration to us all

  • Wishing you a long and restful retirement from all the team



Messages for Grandparents


  • You can't retire... you're a professional grandad/grandma

  • You've been a wonderful inspiration over the years - enjoy your retirement

  • Now you have even more time to spoil your grandkids

  • The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent

  • A grandparent is someone you can look up to - no matter how tall you grow

  • Retired and under new management. Please see grandson/granddaughter for details

  • Your work years are over. Now the real fun begins...

  • The best memories are the ones we are able to make together


Heartwarming Quotes & Sayings


  • Retirement - an amazing time in life to choose what you want to do, when you want to do it, where you want to do it, and how you want to do it

  • Retirement is when you can do all of the wonderful things you intended to do when you were still working

  • After climbing the mountain all these years, you can finally sit back and enjoy the view

  • Retirement is when you stop living at work and start working at living

  • Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something more amazing

  • May you be proud of the work you have done, the person you have become and the difference you have made

  • There's a whole new kind of life ahead, full of experiences just waiting to happen. Some call it 'retirement'. I call it bliss – Betty Sullivan

  • You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream - C.S. Lewis

  • The key to retirement is to find joy in the little things - Susan Miller

  • A good life is a collection of many happy memories


Here's to New Adventures!


  • The world is your oyster! Happy retirement.

  • Now you'll be able to spend more time travelling and seeing the world

  • The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

  • Love is... staying together after trying to park the camper

  • Happiness is a journey, not a destination

  • Your most grand adventure is about to begin!

  • An ocean breeze puts the mind at ease

If you're still unsure, we've done all the work for you with this wonderfully wordy retirement card full of truly heartwarming and funny quotes:

Whatever you may choose to write, we've got a great selection of retirement cards here including fold-out banner cards that are perfect for large teams of people to sign.


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