Despite a load of searching the Internet I couldn't find any free retirement speeches – so here's one I've just written as an example. Putting our three advice points together into a very short informal speech you might have:
OK everyone, just a few words about Bill's retirement. When I told people I was going to make a retirement speech today they got quite excited….until I explained that it wasn't me who was retiring.
Bill, you were here long before I joined the organization. In fact, I reckon you know more stories than anyone about what's happened here over the years. Like that time a horse got into the warehouse a few years back. You were the only one who was brave enough to go in and get it out. What amazed everyone though was when you came out riding on its back!
Anyway Bill, we would all like to wish you the best of fortune for the future. If we get any problems with livestock we'll call you, but other than that have a great time with the fishing.
Many thanks for all you've done for us Bill and best of luck for a long and happy retirment.
Free retirement speeches suitable for your situation are great – if you can find them. But you may also consider buying one over the Internet for about $25 or less. If you're busy then this could be the best use of your time.