Workmates gathered to wish a happy retirement to a living legend of the island’s construction industry.
Ronnie Corkish retires this week after a long, distinguished career with Island Aggregates Limited.
Ramsey man Ronnie has worked for the quarry materials and ready-mixed concrete supplier for a total of 42 years in two spells with the company, passing the milestone of 30 years in his current spell earlier this month.
Starting out as a HGV driver, Ronnie became supervisor for many years at the company’s Santon concrete plant.
Most recently he’s been a familiar and popular face around the island’s construction sites in his role as sales and customer liaison representative.
Ronnie’s family joined his current colleagues at Ramsey’s Harbour Bistro last Saturday for a meal to mark his retirement and celebrate his outstanding contribution to the firm
Presenting him with a number of gifts to mark the occasion, Island Aggregates general manager Stephen Smyth paid tribute to Ronnie’s loyalty and dedication, noting particularly the renowned passion he brought to all of his roles and demanded from those around him.
Ronnie, who will be succeeded in his sales role by another Ramsey man, Ross Walker, plans to use his well-earned free time to pursue his interests in photography, video and gardening.
Down the years Ronnie has also built up a huge amount of research on the history of Island Aggregates, a name which dates back to 1946, and on the island’s construction industry generally, which he plans to turn into a book.