“I’m going to stop by all the places I’ve been driving by. And I’ll go somewhere on Saturday mornings besides work. Maybe garage sales.”
And that was one of Bob Brasch’s responses to the oft-asked, “So, Bob, what are you going to do with yourself now that you’ve retired?”
Robert Brasch was hired by Mark Donahue, then a Doylestown Fred Beans Ford manager and now GM at Chevrolet, just short of 27 years ago. As Fred Beans recalls, Bob’s first day of work was July 27, 1987.
“Bob did a great job building our base,” said Beans at Bob’s retirement luncheon and roast last Thursday in the Ford showroom where Bob has been a fixture for so long. “You’ve represented the Ford Motor Company the way it deserves to be represented.”
As a special thank you, he presented Bob with 250 shares of Ford stock. The company also gifted him with lifetime maintenance of his vehicle – his lifetime or the vehicle’s wasn’t clarified.
Bob is a self-proclaimed “outdoor freak” who – despite some real health scares – has a terrific constitution and maintains it by biking 10-20 miles a week. “Now I’ll be able to do 20-30 miles!”
In attendance were Bob’s three grown sons – Bob, Eric and Tom – “The greatest guys in the world – just the way Fred feels about his three daughters.” Also at the luncheon were long-ago colleagues and long-time customers. John Paul Jones, a former Navy pilot, has been buying cars from Bob for 23 years – “Well over 23 transactions,” he said. “He’s never let me down. As a customer, we’re really going to miss Bob.”
There is word that management is considering retiring Bob’s sweater vest, which he was known to wear 12 months a year. Meanwhile, he has left behind a journal of “Bobisms” from which his colleagues can read selections aloud at Monday morning sales meetings. Examples: “I’d rather be a live chicken than a dead duck.” “It’s a great day to be above ground.” “Staying one step ahead of the sheriff.”