Ken Williams, 84, has finally pulled down the shutters at Ken's in Pontyclun to take his retirement.
He commented: "It's the end of an era. I'm sorry I couldn't keep it going myself because it has been in the family over 100 years and I enjoy it and my customers. But there's not enough in it now to pay for a modern family."
The business was first opened in 1890 by his great grandfather and Ken himself began working when he was just 14. His years of service to business were recognised in 2009, when the Lord Lieutenant of Glamorgan took him to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
Looking back on his life, his son Rhys said: "Dad's amazing. He was determined to be at the shop first thing on his last day, because he had to deliver a turkey to his final customer."