After 47 years of dedication to the UFA Farm and Ranch Supply Store, Manager Jack Rehill retired from the Vermilion location on April 30.
Jack’s adventures with UFA began in his home town of Hanna then Spruce Grove, Provost, Airdrie, and lastly Vermilion where he found the love of his life, married and made it his permanent residence. Jack is very well liked among the farming community in both local, and surrounding areas.
“I will miss the customer contact and involvement most as I have developed a long list of good cliental and long term friendships,” said Rehill.
Most of the staff at Vermilion UFA are long term; ranging from 1 - 40 years of service. After receiving several years of guidance, they will be missing his family-like charm.
“He was the best boss anybody could ask for; his boots will be hard to fill,” said IMC Donna Rudyk who worked with Jack for 10 years.
Twenty-one-year colleague, Monalynn, said that over the years, the store had undergone many renovations with Jack often doing the work himself after hours.
“He never asked us to do anything that he wouldn’t do himself. He showed amazing leadership, and maintained many long term employees because of the way he treated his staff,” said Sawatsky.
Activities Jack enjoyed in Vermilion included various community events such as curling and his involvement with the Agricultural Society.
Friends and past colleagues from out of town made their way to help Jack celebrate, as well as many local customers and friends. Everyone was treated by a lovely catered lunch as well as cake and coffee.
The first few weeks after retirement, Jack plans to obtain some much-needed rest and relaxation. Do not be surprised if you see Jack out visiting and helping the farmers who need a helping hand.