Don Trahair, currently Civilbuild’s longest serving employee, has finally had his say, won the day and will retire at the end of the year.
“I was going to do it 18 months ago but they talked me out of it,” Don said.
“When I told them I was retiring at the end of this year they tried to talk me out of it again but I stuck firm this time.”
Don, a carpenter by trade, joined Civilbuild in February 1977 out of a joinery workshop.
Never, in his wildest imagination, did he believe he would lead projects as an overseer in coal mines, at power stations, at aluminium smelters and building bridges.
When Don first joined the company he helped build duck and chicken sheds. After that and for the majority of his career he worked as a foreman before moving into the pre-cast yard seven years ago as a crane driver.
Civilbuild’s founder, Ray Wood, said Don would be irreplaceable. “No one could imagine the depth of experience and knowledge that Don has and that is why I say he will be irreplaceable,” Ray said.
Don, a keen fisherman, has his boat moored at Lemon Tree Passage and says that is where he will be spending a lot of his time.