Submitted photo

Longest serving city employee retires

Jim Stock retires after 46-year career with City of Red Deer

Jim Stock was a 16-year-old kid when he made his way from a local employment office to a job in the City of Red Deer’s water and sewer department.

On Friday, the City of Red Deer’s longest serving employee hung up his hard hat for the last time, drawing to a close a 46-year-old career.

Stock was overseeing a water main replacement in Riverside Meadows when he took a few minutes to look back.

He wouldn’t change a thing, he says.

“What kept me here is the people I work with are just outstanding,” he says. “The biggest thing with me is the people I actually work with out in the field.

“It’s just a great place to work. I couldn’t ask for anything more, I honestly couldn’t.

“No regrets whatsoever. It’s just been a great career with the City of Red Deer.”

After joining the city, he worked his way up from that first job in the water and sewer department.

“You’re 16 years old and you’re rarin’ to do anything at that time,” he says.

He soon moved into the construction side of the city’s operations, going on to operate heavy equipment at the landfill site. A summer temporary foreman job, eventually became full-time foreman, capped off a couple of years to promotion as a field foreman, overseeing three other foreman-led work crews.

In the office every day by 5:45 a.m., Stock admits being retired seems a little strange.

“I’m looking forward to it. But, you know, at the same time I’m a little nervous,” he says.

“I mean 46 years you work and all of a sudden you decided to retire. It does give you a little different feeling in your guts, let me tell you.”

Jim, who has been married to Debbie for 34 years and has a 23-year-old daughter Desiree, said he doesn’t have any immediate big plans.

“I’m not planning on too much of anything this summer. I haven’t had a summer off since I’ve been 16 years old.

“I’m just looking to have all the summer off, kicking around and basically relaxing and enjoying myself.”

An avid hunter and fisherman, he will have time to do more of that, and he and his wife will likely do some travelling in the fall. Summer was always the busiest time of year for his city work so he always left his holidays until September.

One of his first jobs in retirement will be resetting his 5 a.m. wake-up call.

“You know what, I ‘ll probably still end up getting up at that same time every morning for a little while,” he says with a chuckle.

“Hopefully, that changes over the next little bit.”

On his last day on the job, his co-workers threw him a party in the construction offices beginning at 7 a.m.

He was touched that Mayor Tara Veer stopped by to congratulate him.

“I was shocked when I saw her,” he says. “That was really nice.”

Just Posted

Accused murderer tells all to Mr. Big undercover officer

Joshua Frank tells undercover police officer he shot the Klaus family

Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre prepares to open

Non-profit will run the facility and agencies will provide staff

A slow economic recovery isn’t yet loosening Central Alberta’s tight job market

Job-seekers at Red Deer fair say there are still few openings

Rocky Mountain House man arrested for child luring

A 30-year-old Rocky Mountain House man was arrested after allegedly having explicit… Continue reading

Parkinson association will close offices but maintain services

Offices closing in Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge

WATCH: Central Middle School students’ Christmas tree

A group of Central Middle School students are set to show off… Continue reading

Red Deerian honours her brother who died in a motorcycle collision

Houaida Haddad is encouraging Red Deer residents to donate blood

Red Deer County firefighters to be recognized for Waterton help

RCMP brass will give formal recognition Monday

Ron James tries to lighten humanity’s load through humour

The comedian returns to Red Deer for shows Dec. 1 and 2

100+ Women Red Deer donate to Christmas Bureau

About $14,000 will help with Christmas hampers and toys

Semi collides with vehicle on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with a call on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

After 70 years, Red Deer veteran still remembers his traumatic war experience

Frank Krepps feels lucky to have survived the Second World War

Merritt Mountie charged with assault

Charges are in relation to an incident in May at the detachment, B.C. Prosecution Service said

Blackfalds RCMP arrest “armed and dangerous” man

A 38-year-old man, who police identified as armed and dangerous, was arrested… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month