A farewell — for now

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Not many people can say they love every part of their job, especially after 40 years of working hard. Johnny MacLeod, now a retiree of Shiretown Nursing Home in Pictou, is one of the few.

After four decades of working, MacLeod finished his last day of work at lunchtime last Thursday and got all done up in his party clothes to say farewell — for now anyway — at a retirement party staff threw in his honour.

“I was really surprised,” MacLeod said. “It’s pretty nice, I like to party and meet people.”

The new retiree was happy to have not only his co-workers in attendance but his family, bosses and some of his resident friends for his big send-off. During his time at the home, MacLeod’s job was to collect garbage and other custodial matters, but his reach extended far beyond that as he would run errands and deliveries back and forth to some of the homes across the road, as well as diligently keep track of inventory and remind his superiors with helpful notes that items were running low.

“He’s just an amazing young man; all the staff love him, he’s going to be missed,” said Carolyn Zwicker, Support Services manager and MacLeod’s boss.

During the celebrations, Brian MacLeod of the MacLeod Group, which owns the facility, made the trip from Antigonish to wish the longtime employee the best of luck in his retirement and to let him know that he wasn’t just a good employee, but a good friend.

“He was one of the first people I got to know,” said MacLeod about the new retiree. “I’ve always just found him to be just a purely good person.”

Pictou West MLA and longtime friend Karla MacFarlane was also in attendance and added that the staffer is adored by everyone he works with and has made his friend. During the speeches there was hardly a dry eye in the room, showing just how much the dedicated employee and friend will be missed. Zwicker and other staff members added that MacLeod lifted the spirits of all the staff in the home when he came to work and was always complimentary of everyone.

MacLeod himself added that he will certainly be back to visit all the friends he has made over the years at the facility, and although he is newly retired he doesn’t have any plans for what he is going to do with his newly found free time just yet.


Johnny MacLeod, left, celebrated his retirement last Thursday from Shiretown Nursing Home after working at the facility for 40 years. Brian MacLeod, right, of the MacLeod Group that owns the home, travelled from Antigonish to wish the friend and employee good luck in his retirement.