Happy Retirement Bubba

14 December 2021

Congratulations on your retirement!

Apologies for the essay but I don’t think Facebook would let me write the number of pages required about Robert 'Bubba' Whitfield and the service he has provided to our family.

Bubba, Bobby, Whitfield, or whatever you knew him as - this guy was old school with a touch of new school. He started in the days where their was no OHS and you didn’t need a ticket for this and that, but as his career progressed and the times changed he kept the old school mentality of getting everything done in a safe matter but nothing was an issue and nothing was a problem. I say a ‘touch of new school’ because unlike most old guys, Bubba was happy to move forward with the times rather than be set in his old ways. Inductions, iPhones, Compliance, Work Health & Safety.

Following on from Julie Woods post, I think we are all in agreement with the following traits you possess:

  • Supportive
  • Dedicated
  • Loyal
  • Honest

Whilst you are happy to call a spade a spade I do believe some further traits needs to be added.

  • You are Fair
  • And Lively
  • Stubborn at times
  • Fearless most of the time
  • Tough all the time
  • And Brave.

Shane always says, ‘I have never met anyone with more work ethic in my entire life’ and it’s true, when others were down and out you have the stamina of an army; however under that hard exterior is however a little teddy bear. Wether you choose to believe it or not we have see this teddy come out more and more the past 5 years. Patreen RossiterWhitfield helped bring it to the surface and so did ‘Boo’. We cant forget the Grandkids too, whenever returning back to work from a trip down south there was an aura/glow about you. Whilst It’s always difficult to say goodbye to a loyal friend and coworker, it is somewhat reassuring that you are going to get to spend more time with your family.

While your presence will be missed in the yard, the great work you did here and the support you gave to Shane and the entire Woods family ensures you will never be forgotten. Thank you for being a tireless professional, a helpful coworker and — above all — a good friend.

So Robbie Whitfield, “Thank you for your 35 years of service to our companies. It won’t be the same without you, but we’ll do our best to make sure we carry on the work you’ve poured into this place. Farewell, friend - its not goodbye but more so ‘see you later’

Now go and relax!”

Ps) The more I read this, to ensure the spelling and grammar was correct, the more I felt it was like a Eulogy! For that I apologise. If life does get a little ‘too slow’ in Tassie, there will always be an open door for you here.

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