TAKING IT TO THE GARDEN: Retiring from UQ Gatton as a cleaner, after more than 46 years, Daryl Reynolds will be focusing on his garden and planning to travel more of the globe.
TAKING IT TO THE GARDEN: Retiring from UQ Gatton as a cleaner, after more than 46 years, Daryl Reynolds will be focusing on his garden and planning to travel more of the globe. Francis Witsenhuysen

Crowd of 130 bid farewell to university’s friendly cleaner

Daryl Reynolds has always enjoyed going to work, but that hasn't stopped him from celebrating his recent retirement.

The Gatton local of 65 years is looking forward to the next chapter of his life.

Daryl said with his new-found spare time, he would devote more hours to his garden and start planning his next international trip.

"I love mucking around with my garden," he said.

"It's been a real work in progress and I usually put a good couple of solid hours into it of a day.

"But what I really want to do is a bit of travelling again."

Daryl had an early start to his working life, leaving school at age 13, to work at C and Z Produce packing potatoes and onions into five-pound bags.

"Then I got a job at the university which was called the Queensland Agricultural College back then.

"I've been working there as a cleaner until just the other day.

"I worked there for 46 years and seven months, to be exact," he said.

No stranger to work achievements, at 25 years' service Daryl had the Minister of Education come and personally congratulate him.

A certain highlight of Daryl's life was celebrating his recent retirement with more that 130 people at a morning tea farewell.

"I couldn't believe it. I've seen 30 people turn up for a going-away before, the girls I worked with did all the catering and they did a beautiful job."

Daryl confessed that his retirement was bittersweet.

"It's scary I think, knowing you are not going back there after 46 years," he said.

"I went out to this job and saw those people every day; they were a big part of my life.

"But 52 years of work in total, I think I've had enough."

Whether he is setting records for the most to turnout at a farewell party, or being one of the longest serving employees of the University of Queensland, Gatton Campus, Daryl has a warmth about him, which might explain his popularity.



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