Brookfield Notes, By Judy Matheson
Love of people, music keeps Dale Fisher behind the wheel
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Dale Fisher was recently recognized for his 40 plus years of service at Fisher Transport, a company originally started by his father.
Dale Fisher was honoured this past January by the Fisher Transport Co., where he has continued to drive since beginning in 1974 as a 20-year-old.
Fisher’s driving record is exceptional, driving seven days one week and five days the alternate week. He has a commendable accident-free record. His day starts around 6 a.m. and can be anywhere from eight to 12 hours long, depending on that day’s route. His usual run nowadays is around Colchester and Hants counties, into Dartmouth and Halifax to Saputo, then Farmers and on to Scotsburn in Truro. Formerly he did longer hauls to Newfoundland, Toronto, Montreal and Sussex.
Fisher enjoys the interaction with the people on the more local routes, which wasn’t such a part of the distant driving. His enjoyment of people is innate to him, a gift from his congenial parents Curtis and Velma Fisher.
Dale started his career with his late father, who together with Velma founded C.E. Fisher Transport Co. The Fisher’s built the milk trucking business from the ground up in 1962 with one or two trucks and milk cans. The company moved to bulk transport in 1968, eventually running eight trucks.
Dale joined his Dad in the business as a driver in 1974, working alongside him for the next eighteen years. The late Walter Bates of Middle Stewiacke drove for C.E. Transport for more than 20 years. He once stated, “It never felt like a job when you worked for Curtis.”
Dale certainly agrees with Bates’ sentiment and has carried on his Dad’s pleasant demeanour.
C.E. Fisher Transport was sold in 1998 and the name was changed to Fisher Transport, but Dale has continued to drive for the company over the last 22 years. Fisher Transport recognized his commitment and driving record over the past forty years at a celebration at the Engine Room, attended by his family, co-workers and former and present day producers. He was presented with a Dobro guitar, a beautiful and apt gift given that his love of music is well known.
He has been part of the Band Nighthawk and other groups, who have entertained (mostly voluntarily) for many years. Dale and good friend Bobby Prest began playing guitar together in high school and the bands evolved from there. The Brookfield Homecoming shows have thrilled to their music numerous times, as have the Whing-Ding crowds, to name just a few of their many audiences.
Dale has a fondness for Conway Twitty’s music and he sounds so similar to the late famous county singer. His rendition of “Hello Darlin” brings any crowd to its feet. A total show of him doing Conway Twitty songs would be the ultimate for his many music fans!
Although Conway is his favourite singer, he also appreciates the music of Keith Whitley.
Dale and his sister, Lori Nielsen, are amazing when they team up for a duet.
He and his wife Margie have been married 39 years and have three adult children, and three beautiful grandchildren.
Although Dale has seen many changes in his job over 40 years, he loves the work and has no retirement plans for another few years.
Co-worker Wendi Locke says, “Dale’s work ethic is to be valued by any employer.”
Judy Matheson is a life-long Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.