Tom Little, an avowed Beatles fan and an Alton Memorial Hospital favorite, retired March 5 after 37 years in Housekeeping.
It was quite “A Day in the Life” for “This Boy,” as AMH said “Hello, Goodbye” to Tom with a reception in the cafeteria meeting rooms. Tom earned his “Ticket to Ride” into retirement, where “It Won’t Be Long” before he won’t have to spend any more “Hard Day’s Nights.” Tom has no aspirations to become a “Paperback Writer,” but we’re sure “We Can Work It Out.” For now, we’ll just “Let It Be” and wish Tom well, because “Tomorrow Never Knows” just how much “Help!” the hospital will need without him. “I’ve Got a Feeling” that Tom is off on a “Long and Winding Road” of retirement happiness. And that’s really “Something.”
Marlene Lewis and Jeanne Truckey from the AMH Development office, plus parish nurses Judy Roth and Cathie Ketterer, gave Little a card with their faces superimposed over those of the Fab Four. The inside of the card was a parody of the “Ticket to Ride” lyrics:
I think we’re gonna be sad
I think it’s today, yeah
Because Tom Little
Is goin’ away, yeah
He’s got a ticket to sleep late
He’s gonna start with a clean slate
He’s got a lot to celebrate
And we think that’s great!