It’s not often you hear of someone employed by the same company for half a century, but one Geraldton man has done just that, and he’s now ready to retire after his 49th year. Employed by Bankwest straight after completing school, 65-year-old Joe Kerr has worked for the bank for almost 50 years and enjoyed his last day at the Geraldton branch on Friday. The senior relationship manager said most of his time banking was in the country, and he was first appointed as a manager 30 years ago in Jurien Bay. “In the ‘80s we had proper relief teams, about 20 of us would go all over the country for a month here and a month there,” he said. Mr Kerr said he spent his first year of studies in Geraldton, as his father’s first posting was Three Springs. “I’ve met lots of really good friends and customers, I’ve gone to the Islands a fair bit, farming clients, looking after Carnarvon as well in the horticulture area, I get on really well with them, and the cray fishing for the coast from Fremantle and up,” he said. Daughter Kristy Hunter said her father worked all across WA, opening the first Bankwest branch in Jurien Bay in 1989 and working in Corrigin, Goomalling, Newman, Port Hedland, Karratha and Geraldton. “I think this is a great accomplishment working for the same company for that long and working in regional WA,” she said.