A 69-year-old Vietnam veteran is retiring early thanks to the generosity of his boss.
Albert Brigas has been working as a mechanic at Renown Auto Restoration in San Antonio, Texas for the last 13 years. He has also been living in the same house for the last 24 years—and he had been putting off retirement until he could finish paying off the mortgage in 2020.
Rudy Quinones, who owns Renown Auto Restoration, said Brigas is a dependable employee who came into work every day, even when he was sick.
“Albert is a humble individual, extremely hardworking, would give the shirt off his back to anyone. His family was very close to our hearts and the fact that he gave us so many loyal years of service… He’d come to work sick, he never came in late. He is just one of those guys that had so much pride in what he did.”
Quinones has known of Brigas’ desire to retire for a while.
“Albert has been grumbling about that for the past year,” Quinones said. “His ultimate goal was to retire and have his house paid off.”
So as a means of expressing his thanks for all the years of Brigas’s hard work, Quinones called Brigas into his office last month and wrote his dedicated employee a check for $5,000 to pay off the rest of the mortgage.
“I got him the final numbers for the house. We went to the bank and paid it off,” said Brigas, who’s now looking forward to spending time with his family without worrying about work or mortgage payments.
Now that he no longer has to work, Brigas told KENS he’s been spending time with his 12-year-old granddaughter and new grandson.
“To give them something that they’ve been yearning to have their whole lives,” Quinones said, “it’s incredible.”