Hardy William Cash, 84, has retired from the City of Hampton after serving 63 years and 210 days - setting the world record for the Longest career as a civil servant.
The Guinness world record for the longest time an individual has worked for the same company is 80 years, a record set by Thomas Stoddard (b. 1912) who started working at Speakman Company located in Wilmington, Delaware, USA, on 16 February 1928 as a mail boy until his retirement in 2008 as a member of the Board of Directors.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest career as a postal worker: 53 years and 48 days, achieved by Takashi Miyaoka (Japan) who worked at the Shinjuku postal office in Tokyo, Japan.
Even still, he keeps up a semi-regular routine of heading back to the tower on Lincoln Street to check in, 'Daily Press Hampton News' reported.
"I try to go down to City Hall a couple times a week," Cash said. "Actually, I went three times this week already."
"Hardy Cash is a Hampton icon," Mayor Molly Joseph Ward said. "To remain in public service to one city for more than 60 years is a feat that won't likely be duplicated any time soon. We are most grateful to him for his commitment to public service."
Cash also has a street in Hampton named after him.
Family: Wife, Peggy Jefferson Cash; three sons, one daughter, two stepdaughters, numerous grandchildren.
"It's hard getting used to retirement after 63-and-a-half years," he said. "I've built a little office in the back, so I spend some time there writing letters to friends and going over some things."
"I really enjoyed what I did," Cash said. "It was nice to stay there that long and to keep my health long enough that I could be there."