AFTER 46 years in the spare parts industry, Glenn Summerfield is retiring from Nowra’s Moto Parts on the Move today.
He is retiring from the manager’s position, which he held for two-and-a-half years.
Mr Summerfield’s colleagues said he would be greatly missed.
Dave Watkins said he had worked with Mr Summerfield since he was 15 years old.
“I’ve been working with Glenn for 27 years,” Mr Watkins said.
“He is a valuable part of the team and he will be greatly missed by everyone.
“He has so much knowledge which is difficult to come by these days and he knows so much, which he has passed on to us.
“Around here he is known as the greyhound,” he said.
Planning on spending his retirement racing his beloved greyhounds and maintaining his property, Mr Summerfield said he had always looked forward to an early retirement.
“If anyone had asked me six months ago if I was going to retire soon, I would have said I was planning to work for a few more years but I have always said it would be nice to retire early. The want to retire creeps up on you,” said Mr Summerfield.
“I’ve been involved with greyhounds all my life so I plan on concentrating on them a lot.
“I have a lot of good mates and I have a boat, which means I’ll be doing a lot of fishing and playing a lot of golf.
“I just have to keep my wife Sandra working for a while,” he said.
Mrs Summerfield said her husband’s retirement was well deserved.
“I think this is a good thing,” she said.
Born in Sydney, Mr Summerfield grew up in Croydon Park and moved to Culburra Beach with his family at 15 years of age.
Starting work the same year at Volkswagen dealership Dalex Motors with Gordon Cook and Graham Murray, Mr Summerfield began his career in spare parts, working there for three years and quickly becoming known for his customer service skills.
He then spent three years at GMH dealership Conrads Garage under Bill and Lorna Conrad.
Spending just one year at Solomon Toyota with Leon and Betty Solomon, he moved to Repco in Nowra and spent five years there with Frank Court.
Mr Summerfield’s next move would be his longest, spending a total of 33 years in the same store he is now retiring from and witnessing a great deal of changes.
“It’s changed names a few times but it’s still the same,” Mr Summerfield said.
“When I first started it was Wes Madge Pty Ltd and was over on Berry Street and I had a three-month-old daughter.
“I spent 14 years there with Wes and Meg Madge and it was then transformed into Autopro Nowra and moved to where it is now with Jim and Wendy Wade.
“I was with them for 16 years before it became Moto Parts on the Move with the Davis family,” he said.
Mr Summerfield said he had seen many changes over the years, particularly from manual invoicing and sale logs to digital cash registers and computers.
“The biggest change I have noticed is the young kids not knowing how to give change properly but they leave me for dead on the computer,” said Mr Summerfield.
“I pride myself on my service and my dealings with customers.
“I’ve had a lot of calls since I’ve announced my retirement, with people who have said that I’ve always given them wonderful service and I’ve never had any complaints,” he said.
A dinner at the Bomaderry Bowling Club was held on Wednesday night to celebrate Mr Summerfield’s hard work over the years and to wish him and his family well for the future.