Centenary who has worked at the same company for 84 years enters the Guinness Book of Records


He is Brazilian, turned 100 and is the oldest employee in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

This Tuesday, friends, family and personalities gathered in Brusque, a Brazilian municipality in the state of Santa Catarina, in the Itajaí Valley, to celebrate the birthday of Walter Orthmann, a fabric seller for 84 years, at the same company that hired him. on January 17, 1938, he was then 15 years old.

But Walter had been working in the fields since he was 12 years old, where he planted cassava (cassava). To go to school, every day, he walked about five kilometers to attend classes.

A century of life and countless changes that Orthmann has adapted to, such as the installation of electricity in the factory where he still works or the appearance of the telephone and, more recently, new technologies.

A few years after he was hired, he came across a calculator brought from Germany by the then director of the company.

Walter says, amused, that “in the beginning, he received the technology with suspicion” and, therefore, “he did the math in his head to confirm that the value was correct”.

He currently runs the company where he works, from Monday to Friday, and he has a smartphone and a tablet on his desk in his office. “Today it is very easy, everything is solved with a cell phone in hand”, he declared to the press.

A life full of events, now remembered with good mood, maturity, experience and the tranquility that only age can bring.

Of course, nothing is achieved if you don’t know how to preserve your health and this centenarian insists on exercising daily and having a check-up every four months, recommending that everyone “take care of their diet, with less salt and sugar, take care of sleep and also of anxiety”.

Living in the present without worrying too much about tomorrow has become the life motto of this experienced man who has all the authority to leave some advice.

“Don’t be nervous, do everything laughing. Just do what you like to do. I like working here at the company and I liked to travel for work, because I didn’t even feel the time passing”, he says.

For the more impulsive, he also leaves some recommendations: “Don’t have enemies. Apologize. Live peacefully. Life is just a passage here on Earth, so enjoy it and do what you like.”

Walter Orthmann entered the Guinness Book for the first time in 2008, and for the second time in 2018, when he celebrated 80 years in the company and 95 years of age.


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