End of an era as Delaney makes last run
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.