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Finally ready to retire

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By Erin Hill

Stanley Burns said he’s just an old man who’s been working a long time.  The 91-year-old Quincy native retired for the second time last month.
After spending two years in the navy, Burns came back to his hometown in 1946.
“I went in the navy in 1944, and I said if I ever get back to Gadsden County I’ll stay there.
Less than a year later, he was attending the University of Florida when he got a call to come back to his hometown and work at the Quincy State Bank. He started as an assistant cashier on Jan. 2, 1947.  He eventually worked his way up to being the bank president.
After 38 years at the bank, Burns retired at age 59.
Burns’ wife of 65 years, Rose, said when he retired the first time, he didn’t know what to do with himself.
“I said Stanley doesn’t know what life would be like,” Rose said. 
During his six-year retirement stint he filled his days working for the Florida Lottery and Jai Alai. 
In 1990 at the age of 64, Stanley Burns responded to a newspaper ad placed by Nicholas Thomas for a position with the Clerk of Court, according to a press release from the clerk’s office about Burns’ retirement.  After completing an application Mr. Burns delivered it to Clerk Thomas and said, “I’ll be a dedicated employee, and I think I can do you some good”.
“I went back to work because I was in good health and bored,” Burns said.
He said he enjoyed working at the clerk’s office, and the people he worked with were nice.
Burns worked in the finance department, where he helped the county clerk, Nicholas Thomas, serve as the county’s treasurer.
Thomas said for 27 years, Burns was always the first employee on the job.
“He counted up the money  every day, and made sure money got to the bank, and the daily receipts,” Thomas said.
Thomas went on to say Burns played a big role in operations, including disbursing restitution to citizens.  Thomas said Burns was a team player, and one of the best employees ever hired.  He said he was truly one of a kind, and would be greatly missed
Now that he’s retired again, Burns will be spending more time home with his wife and help her out around the house.
“I asked him to do something, and he said ‘I don’t do house work,’ straight-faced,”
Rose said.  “But I’ve got news for him: We’re going to have a problem if I ask him to do something and he doesn’t do it.”
Rose is a retired registered nurse and teacher.  She taught for 35 years at the hospital before it closed.
Burns said he likes to read the newspaper every day and keep up with the stock market.
He also said he likes to fish.  He has had more than 15 boats in his lifetime.
According to the clerk’s office press release, Burns is also a musician. He was a trumpet player during the big band era and played with the Harry Shepard Band from 1947 to 1971.
“And he loves to talk,” Rose said.

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