While Pat Thompson isn’t sure exactly how he will spend his retirement, for now, his focus is on gratitude.
“Thank you, thank you Saskatoon. It was really, besides getting married, it was the best thing I have ever done, ”he said.
After 25 years of running 8th Street Books and Comics, Pat Thompson is ready to retire. Friday was the 61-year-old’s last day.
“I don’t need to work anymore if I don’t want to because I quit,” he said.
He is mostly excited to bring back old hobbies.
“I haven’t camped in years, my wife and I used to camp whenever we had the chance and we just had to put it away,” he said.
There is also sadness, closing such an important chapter in his life.
“This is the hardest day I have had.”
His last day is emotional for him and his beloved customers who started picking up comics from the shelves, but kept coming back for the man behind them.
“I just wanted to say goodbye to him and give him a hug,” said client Andrea Hudson.
She says Saskatoon has lots of comic book stores, but 8th Street Books and Comics feels more like family.
“We go here because we support Pat, because he’s not just a store owner, he’s a friend,” she said.
Staff member Stacy Simpkins has worked in the store for 13 years and says she took more than comic book skills to her boss.
“There are a lot of things in my life that I know because Pat went through things and passed them on,” Simpkins said.
His entourage says he will miss his conversation and his wife’s famous homemade cookies.