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.
“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.”