Compassionate boss helps his long-time employee retire early by paying off his mortgage
A 69-year-old Vietnam veteran is living the American dream, by starting his retirement early thanks to a compassionate gesture by his boss of over 13 years.
Albert Brigas, a loyal auto mechanic who’s worked for Rudy Quinones since 2006, was planning to retire after paying off his mortgage next year.
“I lived in that house for 24 years. In fact, on December 5th it will be 24,” Brigas told KENS 5.
And thanks to Quinones’ big heart, Brigas can now retire and live in his long-time house, with his long-time wife, but without his long-time mortgage payment.
“He cares, he cares about his people and what happens,” Brigas said.
Rudy Quinones, the owner of Renown Auto Restoration told KENS 5, “He would come into work every day even when he was sick. Just that level of loyalty, the determination you just don’t find anymore.”
Quinones has known about Brigas’ desire to retire for a while. Quinones said, “Albert has been grumbling about that for the past year. His ultimate goal was to retire and have his house paid off.”
Last month he called Brigas into his office. Quinones added, “I asked Albert to come into my office and usually when an employee has to come to his bosses office there’s always some apprehension for him to come in.”
In mid-October Quinones filled out a check for about $5000 and paid off his mortgage.
Brigas said, “I got him the final numbers for the house we went to the bank and paid it off.”
“Not enough good news is out there and this is one of those things that I thought needed to be shared, so people know hey there are people out there that do good things for other people,” said Joseph Winkler, another employee of Quinones.
Now Brigas has more time to spend with his family.
“We brought up my 12-year-old granddaughter and she’s doing great, and now we’ve got a nice little grandson,” Brigas said.
Quinones added, “To give them something they’ve been yearning for their whole lives. It’s incredible.”
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