When Phil Toumine, a storeman at Stagecoach West’s Cheltenham depot retired after more than half a century, it was no ordinary send-off – with his 57-year career marked a silver plaque in his honour.
Senior management were also there to say 'goodbye' to Toumine, who started at the Cheltenham depot in 1965 as an apprentice mechanic when the business was called the Bristol Omnibus Company.
That silver plaque, which bears his name, will hang on the wall of the depot’s storeroom which has been renamed The Phil Toumine Stores.
Rachel Geliamassi, managing director of Stagecoach West, said: ‘Congratulations to Phil on his amazing long service with us.
‘He has been an invaluable member of the Stagecoach family and his hard work and dedication have been much appreciated.
‘We will miss Phil, but wish him all the very best for his retirement and thank him sincerely for everything.’
Toumine's career journey saw him achieve parts one and two of a City & Guilds qualification and earn a conductor’s license.
In 1970 he became a store person, moving from his job as a fitter, and going on to spend 19 years at the Cheltenham depot. In 2002 he was promoted to supervisor, a position he happily held ever since.