Westmead Hospital mechanical fitter John Jensen (or JJ as he was affectionately known) retired recently after more than 39 years in the maintenance department.
His colleagues described him as a quality tradesman, precision machinist and a excellent welder.
JJ was responsible for maintaining production and the distribution of medical air throughout the wards and departments of the hospital.
He repaired pumps, sterilisers, pan sanitisers and other equipment.
Westmead Hospital maintenance manager Glenn Mather said he had the ability to design, manufacture and invent equipment that did not exist, to make the impossible possible.
“Nothing was too hard for JJ – he designed and built a neck brace for a patient as well as a device to help measure infants,” Glenn said.
JJ is enjoying the life of retirement in the country town of Cowra by playing golf and doing a few odd jobs here and there to keep himself busy.