After 35 years as the maintenance repairman at Northshore Technical Community College Florida Parish’s Campus, Terry Addison packed up his tools and entered into retirement.

The staff at NTCC wished him farewell during a retirement party held Oct. 28 at the campus.

Terry began his career in 1973 at the age of 23 as a student in the maintenance program at what was then Louisiana Technical College.

The school was built in 1952 on 2 acres of land two blocks south of La. 10 next to the high school in Greensburg. It later changed its name to Northshore Technical Community College Florida Parishes Campus.

The new campus now sits on 58 acres on La. 42. With vision from the school’s delegation, president, board of supervisors and lawmakers under Act 391 of 2007, the new school was built. It moved to its new location in September 2012.

After Addison completed his course of studies, he became part of the staff. Addison continued his education at NTCC. When the school offered a new program on maintenance repair, he was the first person to enroll. He was eager to learn all that he could about maintenance repairs.

Addison had been with the school through every milestone. He and Dean Sharon Hornsby worked together many days and nights preparing to move from the old location. Through the years, the two developed a friendship.

Before Hornsby’s husband passed away 12 years ago, Addison made a promise to him. He promised that he would look out for Hornsby and make sure she was always safe. Addison kept that promise until the day of his retirement. Addison said even though he has retired, he will still check on Hornsby every chance he gets.

Hornsby said she is grateful for Addison and his dedication to the campus and, will cherish their friendship forever. “We have been through a lot over the years and he will truly be missed,” Hornsby said.

Addison was visibly emotional as he said his goodbyes to the faculty and staff at the school.

“Thank you Mrs. Hornsby for being the person that you are; you are truly an asset to this school and this community,” Terry said. “I would also like to thank everyone in the building that I have worked with and, I would really like to thank my family that stuck through this with me.”

In addition to his employment at NTCC, Terry is also a sheriff’s deputy at the St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office. He has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1989. He is also the basketball coach at St. Helena College and Career Academy. He has been the head coach for 30 years.