Janitor, 83, crowned 'King' on his last day before retirement

Janitor, 83, crowned 'King' on his last day before retirement

An elementary school paid tribute to their retiring janitor in the most heart-warming way possible.

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On 17 May, the Sand Hill Elementary School had to bid farewell to their 83-year-old janitor, John Lockett, who worked as the school's custodian for six years.

Instead of simply saying goodbye, the school's faculty and learners gave him a farewell fit for a king.

Photos of Lockett's touching farewell were shared on the school's Facebook page and it gave social media users the feels.

Liftable, a division of the Western Journal, reported Lockett began to experience some health problems in December.

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Janitor, 83, crowned 'King' on his last day before retirement

Janitor, 83, crowned 'King' on his last day before retirement. Photo credit: Sand Hill Elementary School/Facebook.
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The health issues led to the principal suggesting he retire but the dedicated custodian wanted to be there for the pupils one last semester.

Briefly.co.za learned with the help of his wife, Annie Julia Lockett, the school organised a surprise for Lockett's last day.

The janitor was surprised with cake, cards and royal attire as he walked to the applause of teachers and pupils in the school halls.

The school captioned the photos with "Mr. John Day - We love Mr. John!" and it touched the hearts of social media users.

Nikki Benson commented: "This made me tear up, he is such an amazing man. Enjoy life Mr.John, you deserve it sir !!!!!"
Emily Wise Shrontz added: "So super special!!!! Love him"

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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