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World's Most Loyal Employee Dies After 84 Years In The Same Job

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The world's most loyal employee has died at the age of 98 after working for the same company for 84 years.

John Burns, from Edinburgh, got his job at law firm TC Young Wilson Terris when he was 14 years old, after passing an exam, and stayed working there right up until his death last month.

He had spoken about retiring in the weeks leading up to his death, but hadn't quite got around to it yet.

He was still delivering ribbon-bound court documents around the Court of Session right up until the end.

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John only missed out on being recognised as the world's longest serving employee because he served as a radio operator in World War Two, breaking his continuous employment streak.

John during World War Two. Credit: Cascade News
John during World War Two. Credit: Cascade News

That record is held by Walter Orthmann from Brazil and stands at 81 years and 85 days.

John died in his sleep at his home in Meadowbank last month, just a short while after celebrating his birthday.

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His daughter-in-law, Nancy Burns, said: "He lived for his job and was often seen running for the bus in the morning."

He started his job in 1936 when the firm was called Laird & Wilson Terris. He passed an exam in English and maths and held a variety of jobs such as office messenger, cashier and legal messenger.

That last one is the one that he was doing up until his death.

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His son David revealed John applied for several jobs, including one at a newspaper, but took that law firm job as soon as it was offered to him.

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David said: "The law firm offered him a place straight away and he took it, but the loss was undoubtedly newspapers'."

John at his place of work. Credit: Cascade News
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The only time his employment at the firm was suspended was during the Second World War when he joined the army as a radio operator and served in West Africa, listening for German U-boats.

The dad-of-two lost his wife Catherine to motor neurone disease 12 years ago and walked 20 miles along the West Highland Way to raise money for research into the disease.

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David continued: "Dad found the funny side in everything and when life got bad he would shrug his shoulders and say, 'You've got to get on with it.'"

Outside of work, he also loved football and was 'ecstatic' to see his beloved Hibernian lift the Scottish Cup in 2016, for the first time in his lifetime.

John was a passionate Hibs supporter. Credit: Cascade News
John was a passionate Hibs supporter. Credit: Cascade News

His boss, Grant Knight, a partner from TC Young, said: "John was an inspiration to everyone who met him in his 84-year loyal service.

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"Perhaps as he is no longer here to object to the fuss, he can get his well-deserved and posthumous recognition for the world's longest-serving employee."

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