Today one of my longterm colleague AND friend, Marcel Nieuwenhuis, retired after 42 years.
I am coming up the 15 years at Wolters Kluwer, so I have a long way to go.
Back in the day
Marcel started a long long time ago (before I was born!) at Wolters Kluwer in Deventer in the Netherlands. But since that was so long ago and I was not around for that, I can’t really talk about those times (but I am sure it was fun…).
I know Marcel once lived in London, where he was managing our company from the office somewhere in Victoria. Once in a while I meet up with vendors, partners and friends, who know Marcel from those days. I know Marcel remembers those days fondly and sometimes wishes he was still living in London.
In the year 2002, I met Marcel when I started working for Wolters Kluwer in the Hague. I think my first memory was that he had his office, opposite mine, and it was decorates with a leather sofa and he was smoking cigars!!! Marcel no longer smokes, he has quit a long time ago(well done, Marcel). And Thank God, people can no longer smoke indoors.
Last year, I enjoyed my last trip with Marcel. We attended the IALL Annual Course in Berlin. In every city, Marcel, knows the best restaurants, so we were not surprised that Marcel suggested a great restaurant for Wiener Schnitzel, just around the corner. It wasn’t really around the corner, as it took us a good 20 minutes to find the place, but we did have the best Wiener Schnitzel ever. I will definitely miss Marcel on these trips.
Goodbye (but not farewell)
Last Thursday it was his last day in the office and it was pretty emotional. Many people really took the time to give him a proper goodbye, so his last day in the office was not too hard. Although I can’t image what he must have felt driving to the office that morning…
But today, on 12 July 2016, we are giving him a well deserved party on the beach. Many friends, (ex) colleagues will be coming over and have a glass of wine (or two, knowing Marcel and his friends…)
Marcel, you will be missed but never forgotten.