FLINT, Mich. — Paul Edwards accepted promotions at General Motors but the new assignments didn’t last long.

Instead of telling people what to do, Edwards said he preferred to do it himself. And he did — for nearly 63 years.

The 84-year-old retired Friday at GM’s Flint Metal Center after more than six decades at the automaker. The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/2dg1Z3X ) said dozens of co-workers, past and present, joined Edwards for cake and kind words.

“I’ve had enough. … I spent just as much time with them as I did with my wife,” Edwards said of his co-workers. “So, yeah, it’s sad. But we’ll see them around.”

His last job at GM was machine repairman. GM retiree Al Hudkins said he always thought “they’d have to carry Paul out of here.”

Edwards and his wife, Mary, have been married for 65 years. She’s glad to have him home — but for how long? Edwards already has been offered a part-time welding job.

Mary “thinks I work too much but I have to keep going,” he said.

Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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