Hatfield Man Has Been Working for 67 of His 85 Years and Has No Intention of Quitting Any Time Soon

Christine Tarlecki
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Bob O’Brien
Image via Margo Reed, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Other than the five days that marked one of the shortest retirements ever, 85-year-old Bob O’Brien of Hatfield has been working his entire adult life.

Other than the five days that marked one of the shortest retirements ever, 85-year-old Bob O’Brien of Hatfield has been working his entire adult life and has no intention of stopping any time soon, writes Marc Narducci for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Even the pandemic unable to get O’Brien to stand still. When he had to temporarily step back from his part-time position at Biological Specialty in Colmar, he spent days cutting thread for his daughter who sewed face masks to donate.

“That is what keeps me going, all the activities that I do,” O’Brien said.

Currently, he works around 15 hours a week, sometimes more, at the blood-donor center that collects blood samples for research.

Anne Mayberry, senior operations manager at Biological Specialty calls him “a jack-of-all-trades,” because “there is nothing he can’t do.”

His duties include driving around the tri-state area to distribute packages to pharmaceutical companies. His enjoyment in the work he does is why a second attempt at retirement will have to wait.

“I’m not really ready to retire, to tell you the truth,” he said.

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