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''It's been interesting to see the changes to cars over the years,'' he told the Taieri Times last week.
''In those days ... air-conditioning was when you wound your window down in the car.''
The social aspect of the job and the changing nature of the industry had made the job interesting.
''I will miss it. I think it's going to be strange not having to get up and come to work, but I have had a few health problems recently, so I will enjoy retiring.''
He had met many people who were ''out of this world'' through the job and made many friends.
He planned to spend his retirement doing a ''bit of fishing'' and hoped to travel the South Island with his wife, Gloria.
''We have got a camper van we haven't used much because we have been too busy working.''
He also had an ''old Ford'' he wanted to ''do up''.
''It is buried a wee bit in the back garage,'' he said.
Mr Jackson has handed the reins of Keith Jackson Auto Electrical Ltd to Nolan Reid and John van Eunen, both of Mosgiel.