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Truck driver retires after decade

After a 10-plus year daily run to Williams Lake return, truck driver Les Hounslow of Kamloops is retiring and bids his Williams Lake customers and friends farewell. - Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
After a 10-plus year daily run to Williams Lake return, truck driver Les Hounslow of Kamloops is retiring and bids his Williams Lake customers and friends farewell.
— image credit: Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

It’s the end of an era truck driver Les Hounslow said sitting in his “office.”

After 10 years and nine months of hauling freight from Cache Creek to Williams Lake five days a week, Hounslow retired Friday, Jan. 31.

Describing himself as a “lean, mean freight machine,” the Kamloops native said he’s enjoyed the work.

“Words cannot describe my customers and friends here in Williams Lake,” he said.

One person who stands out is the late Elmer Kennedy.

Every day Hounslow grabbed a coffee at Tim Hortons on Highway 97 and on the very first day Kennedy greeted Hounslow with a nod.

“It grew to a couple of nods and within two weeks we knew each other’s names,” Hounslaw recalled. “Then he introduced me to all his friends and he had a lot of them. When he suddenly passed away four or five years ago, we all missed him.”

Prior to his present 10-year run with Overland West, Hounslow delivered groceries to Williams Lake between 1981 and 1984.

Pointing across the highway toward Cariboo Spurs on Broadway Avenue South, he said there was a little grocery store there called Tourist Grocery he delivered to then.

“There was the Tastee Freez and Glendale Trading also,” he recalled. “Elke at Glendale Trading gave me the nickname Cookie,” he chuckled.

If a person’s going to drive for a living from Kamloops to Williams Lake, they could not ask for a better stretch of highway, Hounslow said.

Hounslow has owned and operated Laromi Transport for 14 years and said weigh freighting is a tough racket.

“Luckily I’ve got a great wife at home,” he smiled. “Noreen gets up and makes breakfast for me every morning and packs me a lunch.”

Before heading out to from Williams Lake Hounslow said he’s the little guy that never said no.

So far he doesn’t have any firm retirement plans, except to be home for dinner time.

“I don’t think I’ve had supper on time at home in the last eight years,” he said.

 

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