Retirement toasts should be short and sincere. A brief but sincere statement on just one or two lines will go over better than a long speech or an attempt to be funny.
This is an important occasion for the person you are honoring. As the person giving the toast, you have an opportunity to set a tone of respect for the years of service given the company or organization. If you follow these hints, you will do well.
As the person chosen to give the Retirement toast, you have a very special task. You are giving 'official recognition' to a person who has put years of energy into a job, a person who has given daily labor to the company or organization. You are paying tribute to that work and the one who did it.
This is NOT the time to act the clown or aim for a laugh. This is a time to honor the person who is leaving a job that has taken up much of his or her life energies.
When thinking about what to say in your toast, ask yourself what is it you can honor about this co-worker?
Will the person be missed? If so, why not raise your glass and say, "Bill, you will be missed."
Has the person made significant contributions to the company? If so, honor that. "Patricia, you have been a great asset to this company. We want to wish you well"
Has the person been unremarkable but faithful worker who has showed up for years? Make that the focus of your toast. "Andy, you have been faithful to this organization. May your find much meaning and happiness in this next phase of your life."
Maybe the person has not been a happy worker. He or she has chaffed at the bit for years. Do not gloss over those difficulties. make them part of your honorific words. "Ann, retirement offers the time and opportunity to explore new directions. May you find a special retirement niche where you will feel happy and renewed each day."
Here are some Retirement toasts that may offer you a way of composing your own.
If you need more inspiration as you try to figure out what you might say, you may find it helpful to read Retirement Toasts - Quotations