Nevertheless, Göran Reivall thinks it feels pretty good when we meet him on his last official working day, 28 February.
"It has matured. After all, I have been prepared for this quite a while. But at the same time it is of course feeling strange," he says.
On 15 January 1977, Göran Reivall entered the Department of Physics at Chalmers and began his career. The physics workshop was the first destination.
"I started as a tool maker. We made all the instruments to the vacuum chamber. The researchers came and modelled what they wanted, simply. We worked more from scratch at that time," he says.
On 28 February, Göran Reivall was both jolly and emotionally celebrated with personal speeches by friends and colleagues. Göran was noticeably moved when thanking for gifts and flowers:
"It's really been fun to work here with so many competent people," he said.
One of the present colleagues was the former precision mechanician Carl-Magnus Kihlman (posing with Göran to the left), who retired almost four years ago
, and worked closely with Göran Reivall for an impressive 32 years. In their youth in Trollhättan they even had the same teacher, so it's a friendship that goes a long way back in time.
After nine years at Physics, Reivall began with Professor Anders Larsson at the then department of electrical engineering in 1986. There he met Carl-Magnus Kihlman and worked with photonics and electrical measurement technology.
When MC2 was founded in 2000, Göran went over and has remained faithful to the department ever since. He has been part of operations manager Svante Pålsson's group.
"I have worked with service and maintenance, and have also been responsible for the equipment in the media cellar; vacuum pumps, gases, compressed air, water, all that," says Göran.
The media cellar is located under the Nanofabrication Laboratory, and contains all media which are connected to the lab via special channels.
"It's as simple as that," says Reivall.
His duties have varied over the years, and it is something that he put great value on.
"The alternation has been fun. I have also had the opportunity to invent some own stuff that other companies have come and looked upon."
Among other things, Göran developed a method for removing oxygen from water.
"ABB was here and photographed and wanted to implement the same system in Trondheim. Other companies have also been here and watched how we've done. It's fun to be able to help."
Most of all, he will miss all his colleagues.
But he will not vanish at first; so Göran remains at MC2 during a transition period until a successor is in place.
Göran Reivall was born 1953 in Alingsås. He is married, has two grown children and one grandchild. He lives in an apartment in Alingsås, but is expanding the holiday cottage in Sjövik at Lake Mjörn in order to move there permanently.
The expansion work will of course take a lot of time in the future, but even the own boats are a great interest. Göran owns no less than four crafts; both sailboats and motorboats:
"Sometimes you want to go a little faster," he smiles.
Text and photo: Michael Nystås