At 82, Victoria man decides to try retirement a second time
Sept. 2, 2013 at 4:02 a.m.
Updated Sept. 3, 2013 at 4:03 a.m.
Bob Martin TIMELINE
1952 - Graduates from University of Wisconsin
1957 - Buys M.O. Simon Company in Victoria
1993 - Retires the first time, becomes a broker
2007 - Starts working with his son, John Martin
2013 - Retires from Wells Fargo Advisors, enrolls in classes at Victoria College
Bob Martin retired the first time in 1993, after 41 years of working in retail.
That lasted four months.
"I don't like sitting around," said Martin, now 82. "My son is a broker, and he has always enjoyed it, so I thought - I don't like retirement. I'll just try what he is trying."
And so, at 62, Martin applied for an internship at an Edward Jones firm in the Fort Worth area.
By 2007, Martin was working as a broker at Wells Fargo Advisors in Victoria with his son, John Martin, offering financial advice and doing his best to help people.
"I enjoy working. People talk about retirement as their chance to do something they want to do. Well, I have been doing what I want to do since 1952," Martin said.
Martin and his wife, Betty Martin, bought The M.O. Simon Company in Victoria a few years after Martin left the U.S. Army.
"I almost stayed for a regular Army commission, but somehow, women's clothing seemed a lot more interesting," Martin said with a grin.
On Friday, Martin retired from Wells Fargo Advisors.
"I have no doubt that my dad will continue to find ways to connect with people in a meaningful way ... from having the right dress on at your daughter's wedding or having a portfolio for retirement. He will continue to do that somehow or someway," his son said.
Bob Martin's colleague, Mark Zafereo, said the office won't be the same.
"He is the kind of guy who goes around the office and picks everybody up. He really cares about people and really cares about his clients," Zafereo said.
And that's why Martin partnered with his son six years ago - so his customers will be looked after when he retires.
But Martin isn't confident retirement will stick this time, either. Already enrolled in Spanish classes at Victoria College, Martin said he will be looking for other things to stay busy.
"Working keeps your brain going. My head works really good; my body has just suffered a little bit," he said.