Now that is sad. It reminds me of two coworkers who didn't get to enjoy their retirements. One managed the hospital's social services dept. and the other was a physician. Both killed themselves the day after they retired. One shot himself and the other slit his wrists. To many people, work IS their life.
Seems that this is a pattern of a lot of people in the "care" professions. (Dr's, Nurses, etc.).
What is truly sad, is they probably could have left their regular occupations, and continued to get satisfaction, and a possibility to contribute even more if they carried over to volunteer status.
This was the point that I parted company with "Ted" when he was posting. He felt that retiring early was the moral equivelent of deserting under fire in combat.
When I retired at the age of 49, (Which I thought was maybe too early) they interviewd 25 applicants for my old job. Probably the only time I made that many people happy in my career.
Somewhere out there is an individual that may someday discover an innoculation that destroys all cancer cells. (Hope he doesn't decide to retire early.
For the lions share of us, early retirement, if you so choose, can be an opportunity to contribute more than you ever did while working full-time.
Or, as UncleMick says, you can party on