Airport worker proves age is only a number

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – At 93 years old, Jessie Waddles is not slowing down. In his job as a Skycap and wheelchair agent at the Albuquerque Sunport, Waddles is helping others who are fairly close to his own age.

“I’ve been working ever since I was 8 years old,” says Waddles. “And I can’t stay still. I get up in the morning, I’ve got to find something to do.”

Prior to working at the Sunport, Waddles had retired from thirty plus years at Sandia Labs and another handful of years working at the State Fairgrounds. He says he couldn’t imagine being stagnate and not working. Other employees around the Sunport say he’s an inspiration to others and the place wouldn’t be the same without his presence.

“Jessie, frankly, is an institution around here,” says Albuquerque Sunport spokesperson Dan Jiron. “He’s been here forever. He’s certainly a customer favorite and you know it’s wonderful to see someone like that.”

Jessie credits his longevity to his daily breakfast of ham, bacon and eggs. Living until an old age is also in his blood. Jessie says his mother lived to be 103 and he still has an uncle working in Austin, Texas at the ripe age of 109. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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