[Ms./Mrs./Mr. Full name]
Dear [Ms./Mrs./Mr. Last name],
I am writing you this letter to let you know that I intend to retire next year after completing 25 years with the company.
As the records will tell you, I joined as a junior mechanic and have worked long and hard to get where I am today.
I know that I still have nearly 8 more years to go until retirement but my wife and I agree my lower-back problem is not getting any better. I have been advised surgery and will be relocating to Florida post-surgery to be with our children and grandchildren.
I consider each day that I come to work at the company a blessing in disguise because I get paid to do what I love the most. I wonder how many people can say that.
I have been around machines all my life and will continue to be so post-surgery. Of course, my "supervisor" then will be my wife and I don't think I will be allowed to be as active as I allow myself to be today!
I will miss working at the company and I will also miss the people I have had the privilege to work with shoulder-to-shoulder all these years.
I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate the support and encouragement of my supervisor, [Full name] . . . my "brothers in arms", [Name], [Name], [Name], [Name], [Name], [Name], [Name], and the rest of us . . . and the company for not laying off even one of us despite the bad times that we have experienced over the years.
They will always be in my thoughts and prayers.