Gerry, 89, keeps our Warrington depot shipshape

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This is Gerry. He’s 89 years old – and a big part of our team based in Warrington.



One of the nicest, friendliest, chattiest people you’re ever likely to meet, you could say Gerry knows a thing or two about keeping things shipshape…
 
For almost two decades, he worked as a steward on cruise ships – luxury liners, like the QE2, which set sail from Liverpool to destinations worldwide.
 
Gerry looked after everyone on board - from the rich and famous, to the less well-known traveller, to thousands of soldiers heading off to war in Korea.
 
Over the years, passenger lists included superstars like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Jerry Lewis, and Judy Garland, while among his fellow crew was a political powerhouse in-the-making, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.
 
He ‘waved’ goodbye to life at sea in late 1960s, when he got a job on land as a driver for Fords Motor Company in Halewood.
 
Gerry joined the Cadent family when he was a young 71 years of age.
 
He’s the cleaner of our depot in Winwick Road, Warrington. There has been lots of change on that site (including a new depot building constructed in recent years), as well as lots of new faces. Gerry, though, has been the constant throughout.
 
Never a day goes by without Gerry welcoming our team with a smile that’s as wide as the nearby Mersey, nor without him sharing a joke or story from an amazing working career that started just after the Second World War.
 
A father of seven and grandfather to 17, he’s an absolute character and a friend of everyone here at Cadent, for life.
 
He’s retiring later this month because of a few health issues. He’d carry on if he could.
 
We’re looking forward to a good official send-off, very much with the hope and expectation that he’ll keep in touch with us, his Cadent family.
 
Phil Hendrick, Customer Operations Area Manager, based at Warrington, said: “Gerry’s just brilliant. He’s always there to lighten the mood, have a laugh and keep us smiling.

"To have worked to the age of 89 is something else. We’ll be sad to see him go, but he knows the doors are always open if he’s popping by.”
 
“The people here are brilliant,” Gerry said.
 
“There will be tears the day I leave. Of all the people I have known in my life, I think these are the nicest guys I have ever known.”

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