He’s got a work ethnic that would make men half his age shake in their shoes.
But then nonagenarian Patrick Hoare of Kirby Drive has had a lot more experience than most – he left school at 14 and has been gainfully employed ever since.
“Work keeps me going,” he said, eyes twinkling. “I’m hyperactive, I’ve always got to be doing something.”
The one-time baker from Athy in County Kildare has just been awarded his 25 year service badge from Sainsbury’s in Bramingham Park where he’s been a grocery assistant since applying for a part-time job when he retired.
The grandfather of seven and great grandfather of two joked: “I’m a general dogsbody and do as I’m told. But Sainsbury’s have always treated me well and everyone is so kind.”
His simple philosophy of ‘It’s nice to be nice’ has made him one of the most popular employees in the store. Colleagues clubbed together to buy him a cake and a gift card when he celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this month.
Store manager Glen Sharp said: “He’s a happy soul who never has a bad word to say about anyone. He keeps everything neat and tidy and he’s so friendly, all the customers love him.” Patrick has no intention of retiring, loves a good singsong, Gaelic football and a glass of Guinness as well as pottering in his garden.
“I provide the brawn but my wife Rita is the brains,” he chuckled. “I’m starting to go a little deaf but at my age it’s good just to wake up in the morning.”
Fashion team leader Angie Brennan said: “Every store should have a Patrick Hoare.
“But he’s ours and we intend keeping him.”