NAILED IT: John Brydon wouldn't even take the day off work to celebrate his 80th birthday, proving that 'Home' really is where the heart is.
NAILED IT: John Brydon wouldn't even take the day off work to celebrate his 80th birthday, proving that 'Home' really is where the heart is. Marian Faa

80 years 'young' and still the sharpest tool in the shed

WHILE some senior Warwick residents struggle to find work, you just can't seem to get rid of others.

Two weeks ago, John Brydon rocked up to work at Olsens Home Hardware and Paint Place and celebrated his 80th birthday with his best mates.

Mr Brydon has been manning the aisles of the Warwick hardware store for 20-odd years and still won't miss a shift.

A former builder, Mr Brydon said he enjoyed sharing his knowledge with customers.

 

John Brydon is 80 years of age and still chipping away in the aisles of Olsens Home Hardware and Paint Place, where he has worked for 20 years.
John Brydon is 80 years of age and still chipping away in the aisles of Olsens Home Hardware and Paint Place, where he has worked for 20 years. Marian Faa

"It's about the only thing I can do is help the people with advice. A lot of people don't understand hardware and things."

Mr Brydon moved into town to construct the Warwick Tafe facility in 1986.

But coming to work at the hardware shop is truly like coming "home" for Mr Brydon, who said his colleagues were "like family".

While Mr Brydon takes out the prize for oldest employee, Rob Cross has been there the longest.

 

RIGHT AT HOME: Olsens Home Hardware and Paint Place team Alan Olsen, Greg Salmon, Mick Williams, John Brydon, John Head and Rob Cross.
RIGHT AT HOME: Olsens Home Hardware and Paint Place team Alan Olsen, Greg Salmon, Mick Williams, John Brydon, John Head and Rob Cross. Marian Faa

Mr Cross started working in hardware the day he left high school and has been in the industry ever since.

He started out at Cribb and Foote (where Bunnings is currently located) in 1972.

"Working at this age keeps the mind active and the body active," he said.

"I get a lot of enjoyment from working here."


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