Stan Stickland Collection

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Stan Stickland - Greyhound in BC

Stan Stickland Retires

Thanks to the Penticton Herald and Dave Duncan for their October 1991 Story on Stan's Retirement.

(As a personal note I took over from Stan in Penticton four hours from 3 Valley and there was still considerable snow on the roof).

Stan grew up on the Sumas Prairie and his first driving job in the 40's was hauling milk (in those days in cans) to the various Vancouver Dairies. His next trucking job was with Country Freight Lines running to the Okanagan before and after the opening of the Hope-Princeton Highway in 1949. Stan started with Western Canadian Greyhound Lines May 30 1952 at Vancouver and during the next four years drove out of Vancouver, Quesnel, Penticton and Spences Bridge. Stan and Gert moved to Penticton in June 1956 and he worked out of there until retiring on Sept. 30 1991 at age 65 .He went all directions while working on the Penticton Spareboard and to Cache Creek and mainly to Revelstoke when on regular bus runs as his seniority allowed and the final years on the GPX trucks to Cranbrook. Although Stan was an excellent golfer, retirement was not his cup of tea and he soon began Class One driver training, a stint as an owner operator for Berry and Smith and finally returning to driver training until he was nearly eighty. Stan passed away December 2012.

Noel Evans - Greyhound in BC

Thanks to the Penticton Herald for their OMarch 1990 Story on Noel's Retirement.

I took over from Noel in Osoyoos the night of the slide winter 1972, similar to two years later when Stan got it at 3 Valley, I took over from him in Penticton. Noel was stopped coming down the Skyway (Kootenay Pass) while Hwys was clearing a previous small slide. The Foreman was sitting in his P/U and Noel was talking to him out his window when a big slide came down. It pushed the bus sideways, the MC-7 hit the foreman’s P/U and the guys head got cut on the window or door frame. When the loader operator got them dug out Noel had two Aussie nurses on the bus. They had been skiing at Fernie and they patched the guy up. When I took over at Osoyoos they were sitting in the front seat and never took their eyes off the road until the Valley. At Hope it was raining hard and there was still a couple of feet of snow on the roof.

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