FOND FAREWELL - Popular staff member retires after 49 years service
IT was a sad day at the First Glasgow Caledonia Depot on Friday, 30th August, as Sadie Lavery retired from the Payroll department after a remarkable 49 years’ service with the company.
Sadie began life with the Glasgow Corporation Transport on 21 Sept 1970 in the Bus works Stores Dept in Larkfield Depot.
She then moved to Head Office in Bath Street in June 1974, where she spent 5 months in the Claims Dept before moving to her first stint in Wages Dept to October 1975.
Sadie would then return to the Stores Dept in Larkfield in October 1975, when after about 3 years of service, she became the Supervisor of the Stores department.
Sadie then moved to the Accounts Department in October 1990, where she would spend the next fourteen year working in Sales Ledger during which time she became the Supervisor of Sales and Purchase Ledger until 2004.
Sadie then moved to a role with the Human Resources Department in November 2004, where she became the Senior Admin Assistant, a role she held for the next five years.
Sadie’s final move was in May 2009, when she moved into Depot Administration and Payroll. She began in this role by providing cover to a number of different depots such as Cumbernauld, Blantyre, Scotstoun and Parkhead as well as in between being based in Larkfield. Sadie then settled back into full time daily payroll activity when the new £14 million Caledonia Depot was opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in 2014.
Sadie said “I am emotional to be leaving my friends and colleagues, of which there have been many over the years past and present. And now I am finally switching off my computer, which is a long way from when I started all those years ago with pens and pencils and ledgers. Everything was hand written, we didn’t even have an outside phoneline then, only internal numbers - How times have changed!”
John Gorman, Head of Operations for First Glasgow, said: “To have an employee reach a milestone of 49 years’ service is such an amazing achievement and especially in this day and age. My hat goes off to Sadie for her incredible commitment and dedication to her job. She was well loved by all her colleagues within the Caledonia depot and I hope retirement treats her well as she certainly deserves it!”