A BELOVED member of staff at Heartlands Hospital is bidding a fond farewell to the hospital where he met his future wife.
Colin Dyer, who is retiring after 36 years, has many memories of his time at the hospital – from his beginnings as a records porter in the medical records department to his to his role for the last 13 years as an information systems analyst in the IT department.
But none are so dear as the moment he met his wife of almost 10 years, Kathy, at a water cooler.
The pair both worked in IT but hadn’t met before, so Colin soon showed off his charms.
The 55-year-old recalled: “I had to do a presentation and I asked her for some help and then I asked her for a meal.
“It went from there and three years later we were married.
“It turned out that we had actually lived down the road from each other in Stechford for years and had actually gone to the same junior and senior schools without realising.”
And while Colin begins his retirement, Kathy will be continuing her current role as the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust’s renal dialysis but says she will make sure her husband has a long list of chores to keep him busy.
Colin added: “I am looking forward to what lies ahead and the list of work my wife has planned for around the house and in the garden.
“I am also going to be learning Spanish.
“It’s difficult saying goodbye to friends and colleagues who have made my job at Heartlands so very enjoyable over the past 36 years.
“I would like to thank them for their friendship, help and support over the years.
“I have shared some great experiences and had plenty of fun along the way.
“It has been a real pleasure and I am taking away many great memories of the time I have shared here.”
Colin’s last working day will be tomorrow (October 28).