Milk­man val­ues his long­time cus­tomers

Cape Breton Post - - NORTHSIDE/VICTORIA - BY JULIE COLLINS

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.”

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