Hornchurch dad retires after 60 years with the same firm and says goodbye to boss son
PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:11 04 April 2018
An 82-year-old Hornchurch man is finally bidding a fond farewell to the job he loves after working for the same company for the last 60 years.
It also brings to an end a 34 year stint of working with his son, who eventually became his boss.
James Perrott said he will miss working with his son, Andrew Perrott, but won’t miss the three and a half hour daily commute from his home in Cranham Road, Hornchurch to get to the SIG Roofing branch in Park Royal near Wembley, North London.
He worked his last day at the firm on Thursday, March 30.
James said: “I’ve always been a grafter and I love working. But lifting the rolls of EPDM membrane is getting harder now, so it’s time to acknowledge that I’m not as young as I used to be.
“Working for SIG Roofing has been my life, and I’ve been very lucky to have worked with my son.
“My last day will be a sad one, but it’s the right time to retire.”
The former asphalt roofer joined Wedge Roofing Centre, a specialist roofing supplies merchant that has since become SIG Roofing, back in 1958.
James quickly rose to become branch manager of the Barking branch, where he employed his school-leaver son Andrew, against the advice of his wife Irene, who didn’t want her son following his dad into the roofing trade.
“My dad has always been a company man through and through and a stickler for doing the right thing, which included never being late for work or letting us leave even a minute early,” said Andrew, branch director at SIG Roofing.
“I know that I’ve been very lucky to have worked with my dad for nearly 35 years, and it’s funny that he was the boss when I started and I’m the boss now that he’s retiring.”
Despite having had a triple heart bypass 25 years ago and a quadruple one 12 years ago, James wanted to keep working to reach his 60 year landmark.
It’s only been within the last 12 months that James has moved from full time to part time as a sales assistant.
George King, SIG Roofing’s divisional managing director added: “James embodies everything we strive for in having friendly and very knowledgeable people in our branches to support the UK roofing centre.”
James now plans to spend more time with Irene and the first thing they’ll do is go on a holiday that was a farewell gift from SIG Roofing.