Milkman values his longtime customers
Now I believe there are only two.”
For some of his older customers, Barry would be the only person they would see during the week.
“It’s was hard work, but I met so many wonderful people over the years, they are what I will miss most. It’s incredible, the trust you gain with your customers,” he said. “People would leave a note with the money telling me to take what I was owed, put the milk in the fridge and lock the door when I was leaving. That happened a lot.”
Barry can’t even estimate the number of times he would go to a house and find keys in the door. Most of the time the people wouldn’t even realize what they did, because he’d leave the keys on the counter with the milk.
“ The people on the Northside are wonderful; although being an independent is a hard life, I’ll never regret doing it. Even taking a vacation was difficult, it’s hard to get someone willing to put in 15 hours a day.”
Barry is grateful to his brother Glen Barry, who took over his deliveries when he got sick.
“He is the only person in the world I could hand my books to and be able to do the work. Glen was a milkman, but gave it up eight years ago. In that respect, I was very fortunate he was able to take over for me.”