“Ride Easy” A&W celebrates Les Foulds’ 100th birthday

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By Nick Seebruch
“Ride Easy” A&W celebrates Les Foulds’ 100th birthday
Les Foulds with his birthday cake at A&W on Friday, January 24, 2020 (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – A&W on Ninth St. wanted to take some time Friday morning to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of their favourite customers, Les Foulds.

Foulds is a regular at A&W, and still drives himself there. The staff knowing that his special day was coming up wanted to do something special for him, so they bought him a birthday ribbon and a cake.

“It feels the same as being 99,” said Foulds when asked how it felt being a centenarian.

He put down his longevity to good genes, avoiding confrontation, and learning to “ride easy”.

Les Foulds has a lot of experience in riding, easy or otherwise.

His long life saw him serve as a member of the ground crew of the Ninth Night Fighter Squadron in England during World War II.

Foulds would later go on to be a street car driver for the City of Cornwall and later a bus driver after street cars were phased out in 1949.

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“I retired from his professional life 35 years ago and have been coming here everyday since,” Foulds said of A&W. “I like the people who work here, they have always been so nice to me.”

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