SA Water marked the end of a near century-long era when team members Wayne Hollitt and Brian ‘Butch’ Butcher retired after almost 50 years of dedicated employment each.
District Leaders Wayne and Butch were recently farewelled by their colleagues who toasted their service and friendship.
The dynamic pair progressed their careers over five decades with Wayne based out of Murray Bridge and Butch working at several locations, from Yorketown to Woodside, before settling in Bordertown.
The duo’s supervisor Borjana Stazic-Mandic said having two team members building impressive careers for made her consider the secret behind their long-term service.
“Both men have a great work ethic and have taken on new challenges, learning new skills to develop personally and professionally,” she said.
“It has been a real privilege to work with such devoted employees.
“Field Services East has lost almost 100 years of experience and knowledge with Wayne and Butch’s retirement - they will be sorely missed,” she said.
They started working for SA Water in the 1960s and took different paths from construction to maintenance, progressing their careers before becoming District Leaders.
Their roles saw them responsible for each district’s operations team by coordinating maintenance, repairs and investment to maintain a high quality water supply to homes and businesses.
Butch said he’d worked everywhere for SA Water and every time he moved forward, so did his career.
“I’m so grateful to my wife Judy and children Nigel and Megan, who’ve followed me on this journey over the years,” Butch said.
Wayne and Butch are both looking forward to a well-earned retirement and spending more time with their families.
Wayne has sailed off on a round-the-world cruise, while Butch, whom colleagues describe as hard working with a heart of gold, is relocating from Bordertown to Crystal Brook to be near family and friends. He plans to keep busy improving his golf game and volunteering for his local footy club.