FORT WAYNE—One of the area’s most respected civil and community servants has taken another bow from public service, retiring from a second honorable career serving the community.
Mr. Pinkie Irby recently announced retirement from R. Nelson Snider High School as a school assistant after more than a decade of outstanding service.
Prior to that, Irby had put in 37 years with the U.S. Postal Service. He said he got “bored” after his first retirement and “need something to do,” which led him to apply for work at Fort Wayne Community Schools. After bouncing around from location to location, Irby said he finally was assigned to Snider where he settled in for a long, enjoyable stay.
“The 10 years I have worked at Snider have been wonderful,” said Irby in a goodbye statement in a school Guidance Department newsletter. “I have met many wonderful people and have founded friendships that will last a lifetime.
He spoke candidly about the love and support given to him and his family during his daughter’s critical illness.
“The teachers and staff were also very gracious when it came to my daughter’s rare skin cancer. For 13 and a half years, she battled the disease. The staff prayed for her—they were such a great help and support for my daughter and the Irby family,” he explained. “One teacher fixed care packages for the last two years of her life. The kindness from the staff and teachers was so uplifting. Not only were the teachers and staff gracious to my daughter but, also, they have been so kind to me personally.”
He also took the opportunity to acknowledge his coworkers and students for their support and friendship through the years.
“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart,” wrote Irby. “It has been really a joy and pleasure to work with all of the staff and all the wonderful students here at R. Nelson Snider HIgh School.”