School maintenance worker retires at 89 after more than two decades at Rosehill Public School
AT 89 years old, could Rosehill Public School’s former Mr Fix-It have been Sydney’s oldest worker?
Don Amery has worked at Rosehill Public School for more than two decades.
After 25 years as the school’s much-loved maintenance man, Mr Amery has downed tools for the last time ahead of his 90th birthday.
And at his age, no one would argue that Mr Amery has earned a well-deserved retirement.
“If a desk breaks, I fix it. If a door breaks, I fix it,” Mr Amery said.
“I’ve worked in maintenance all my life, and when the opportunity came to work at the school, I grabbed it and haven’t looked back.”
Mr Amery credits the staff and pupils at the school for making him stay so long.
“I love the place, all the people here are so lovely and I’ve gotten on very well with the staff over the years.”
Don Amery will finally take a well-deserved break during his retirement.
With all the spare time on his hands, Mr Amery plans to relax at his cottage on the Central Coast and spend more time with his family.
Mr Amery said he would miss the school greatly, but at almost 90 he believed it was well and truly time to call it a day.
“It’s been a wonderful place to work, and I’ve had a darn good innings here,” he said.