Joe Bartly, 89 years-old, has put out an advert in his local newspaper to find himself a job. He says it’s to prevent himself “dying of boredom” as he has nothing to do ever since his wife, Cassandra, passed away two years ago.
Joe, who lives in Paignton in south Devon placed his advert in the Herald Express twice last month. The ad reads: “Senior citizen 89 seeks employment in Paignton area. 20hrs+ per week. Still able to clean, light gardening, DIY and anything. I have references. Old soldier, airborne forces. Save me from dying of boredom!”
All Joe is after is a regular part time job of around 20+ hours to keep him occupied and allow him to meet new people, but he has described the situation as “blinkin’ mad” with the attention he has received.
“When I first put in the ad, I thought it was just an old guy looking for work – I don’t really see what is strange about that. But have I now reached celebrity status? That might worry some people, but it doesn’t worry me. I’m rather chuffed in a way.”
He further elaborated on his situation since his wife died two years ago:
“I miss my wife dreadfully, and when you live on your own there is no one to speak to. Since she died I’ve moved into a flat and it’s a big block. Once you walk into that flat it’s like solitary confinement.
I like reading, and I’ll watch a bit of television but there’s a lot of guff on these days. I just got bored stiff with nothing to do, and I thought even though I am 89 I can still work. I can work a hoover, I can clean tables, some gardening – anything really.”
So far, Joe has received two calls about odd jobs. One of which is to help put together a wardrobe and another that needs two rooms painting. He is only interested in regular work though and has turned them down.