End of an era as De­laney makes last run

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

Af­ter more than 70 years in busi­ness, De­laney Bus Lines Ltd. has made its fi­nal trip.

Ef­fec­tive Au­gust 1, Roxbor­ough Bus Lines took pos­ses­sion of the school bus fleet and state-of-the-art De­laney head­quar­ters and main­te­nance fa­cil­ity, con­structed in 2012. In a sep­a­rate agree­ment, the De­laney char­ter coach fleet and com­muter routes were pur­chased by 417 Bus Lines of Cas­sel­man.

Com­pany pres­i­dent Janet De­laney ex­plains her de­ci­sion to re­tire at this time was a dif­fi­cult one, hav­ing taken over the reins of the com­pany af­ter the pass­ing of her hus­band Michael in 2010. “This has been the hardest de­ci­sion of my life. When the op­por­tu­nity to work with two com­pa­nies with a rich his­tory of suc­cess and safety in our com­mu­nity pre­sented it­self, I wanted to think long and hard about the pos­si­bil­i­ties. Ul­ti­mately I ar­rived at the con­clu­sion that our driv­ers and staff, our pas­sen­gers, the com­mu­nity, and the stu­dents we trans­port each day will be served well by the younger own­er­ship at these two grow­ing com­pa­nies. My late hus­band, Michael, left some big shoes to fill. He grew the com­pany from nine school buses when his fa­ther passed in 1972, to trans­port­ing more than 5,500 stu­dents, over 100 com­muters and count­less char­ter pas­sen­gers daily. Sus­tain­ing this type of growth takes a lot of en­ergy, and I’m con­fi­dent that Roxbor­ough and 417 are up to the task.”

The com­pany started with founder Vin­cent De­laney, trans­port­ing kids to the Clover­side school house near Avon­more in the back of his milk truck be­fore pur­chas­ing the first school buses in Eastern On­tario in 1948. Fol­low­ing in his fa­ther’s foot­steps, Michael De­laney con­tin­ued to build the com­pany with his mother Ur­sula af­ter his fa­ther's death in 1972. In 1979 Michael took over the man­age­ment of the com­pany and built the com­pany into what it is to­day. Since 2010, Mrs. De­laney has been op­er­at­ing the com­pany with the help of her two man­agers Mark Begg and Pierre Seguin.


“It’s a bit­ter­sweet mo­ment to be hon­est.” says Mrs. De­laney. “It’s re­ally the end of an era. While I’m very con­fi­dent that our pas­sen­gers and staff are in more than ca­pa­ble hands, it’s hard to see 70 years of his­tory come to an end.”

She adds, “I can­not ex­press my grat­i­tude enough to the peo­ple of Corn­wall and SD&G for your many decades of sup­port and pa­tron­age. I would also like to thank the many peo­ple we have worked with at the var­i­ous school boards over the years. And last but not cer­tainly not least, I have to thank our driv­ers, my two man­agers and all the staff who have kept the buses rolling over the years. Their com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to the safe trans­porta­tion of our com­mu­nity is se­cond to none. While a new chap­ter awaits me, I am gen­uinely grate­ful for the re­la­tion­ships and count­less mem­o­ries that will last a life­time. Thank you to ev­ery­one.”

SOLID SOUVENIR: This will be known as the sum­mer of the wa­ter project in Maxville. One of the more en­dur­ing sou­venirs of the un­der­tak­ing is this large rock which was re­moved dur­ing the ex­ca­va­tions on Main Street.

UBIQ­UI­TOUS MEN­ACE: Noth­ing seems to be able to slow the spread of poi­son parsnip, a weed that can cause se­vere skin dam­age. While roadside spray­ing has been car­ried out, the weed dom­i­nates ru­ral ditches.

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