Senior Matters: A second act after retirement

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A successful career in one field can frequently lead to a productive and interesting life doing something else after retirement.

Retired Navy Captain Mickey McCamish knows that better than most.

He spends countless hours working for his community.

Here’s News 12’s Bill Mitchell with tonight’s Senior Matters.

Captain McCamish was accustomed to hearing the word “sir” during his 27 years in the U.S Navy.

Today, he’s known in his hometown of Chattanooga as just “Mickey”.

“Every community that we’ve lived in, we became involved in the community.” “I owe a lot to Chattanooga …I had a good public education.” “But I had a great opportunity to grow from East Chattanooga into a captain in the Navy.”

There’s not enough time in this story to list all of his accomplishments, but during his so-called retirement years, Mickey conceived and started the Southeast Tennessee Veterans Coalition, providing services at no cost to veterans and their families.

He also serves as president of the Navy League of the United States-Greater Chattanooga Council.

He’s on the board of the Engel Stadium Foundation; the Tivoli Foundation; and is executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee.

He also is involved with of Friends of the Festival.

By the way, Mickey gets up around 3 a.m.

“I think that neurologically being active and being involved as we get older helps in the neurological process , it helps keep me sharp, it helps keep me alert, it helps keep me full of energy.”

Captain McCamish was the sparkplug for Chattanooga Unite…the big entertainment event held on September 16th , 2015.

The Riverbend stage was brought back…entertainment was booked..actor Samuel L. Jackson, a Chattanooga native was the emcee.

The event raised 467-thousand dollars for the families of the Fallen 5.

Mickey arranged for the Blue Angels to do a fly-over.

That was just one of his contributions to Chattanooga over the years.

We wanted to know how Mickey views retirement as most of us understand it?

“I’m not afraid to try new things in life ..new experiences in life…and to me, it just means being very active in the community.”

For Senior Matters, Bill Mitchell News 12 Now.

Categories: Chattanooga, Local News, Senior Matters