Light-heartedly known as the ‘Rainman’ of car parts, Graeme Arnold has enjoyed every minute of his five decades working in the industry.
At 15 years of age the Kyabram boy began working in spare parts.
‘‘I had no idea what I wanted to do but I was good with numbers so I landed the job,’’ Mr Arnold said.
Employed by CTG Smith Motors, Mr Arnold moved to Shepparton to work from its new location.
In 1974, Mr Arnold landed a role as parts manager with Midstar Motors, the same role he has maintained for the past 45 years and the entirety of his working life at Shepparton Toyota.
Not only has Mr Arnold worked on the same site across the years, he has also remained working in the same spot as the dealership has transformed around him.
‘‘I never imagined I would still be here when I started,’’ he said.
Mr Arnold said a lot had changed during the years, most prominently the use of technology in the role.
‘‘It is a lot easier and a lot more simplistic now.
‘‘Everything was manual back in those days.
‘‘Connection to the factory has grown a lot,’’ he said.
Showing years of dedication and service, the now 65-year-old has taken international trips to Japan and New Zealand and won many awards for excellence in his profession.
Shepparton Toyota managing director Robert Power said Mr Arnold ‘‘knows the business backwards’’.
‘‘He always chases targets and has been recognised along his journey.
‘‘We’ll miss him,’’ he said.
Service manager Dominic Mandaradoni has worked with Mr Arnold for many years and said his ability to multi-task would be missed.
‘‘I believe a lot of people could take a leaf out of his book,’’ he said.
Known as ‘Bomber’, ‘Bingo’ or ‘Grumpy’ to his colleagues, Mr Arnold said it was ‘‘the staff that makes the job’’.
‘‘You’ve got to enjoy the people you’re around and find enjoyment in the job,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re a bit of a family.’’
Mr Arnold and his wife Sheryl have already made the move to Yarrawonga where an interest in lawn bowls has inspired Mr Arnold to take on the role as president of Mulwala Bowls Club.
He celebrated his last day at Shepparton Toyota on Wednesday, May 30.