Delday, William

Delday – A well-known resident of the community, William Delday died December 11, 1979 at his home in Brooks at the age of 66.

Born in Foxwarren, Manitoba, he moved to Whitebeet, Sask. with his parents where they homesteaded, and then to Kelvinton, Sask. in 1927. Mr. Delday came to Tilley in 1936 where he was employed with Lars Maurtz in the trucking business.

Three years later he came to Brooks and was first employed with L.R. McEntee in the trucking business; he has resided here since. He married the former Eva Pearce in 1942.

He trucked on the Alaska Highway when it was being built and then operated a lumber mill in the Rocky Mountain House district. In 1945 he started a freight run into Calgary on a scheduled service, the fledgling company overcoming major handicaps such as the loss by fire of its first semi-trailer which Mr. Delday had built in 1949. Known as Delday’s Cartage, the firm later expanded, changed its name to Delday’s Brooks Transport and now has freight connections to major Alberta cities from its terminal on Second St. West.

He served a term on the council of the Town of Brooks from 1958 to 1961; he was elected as the Social Credit MLA in 1959 and served two terms in the Alberta Legislature until 1967. Mr. Delday was made a life member of the Alberta Social Credit Association; he served on the board of the Brooks Savings and Credit Union and on the board of the Alberta Truckers Association; he was a participant in the reorganizing of the Brooks Elks Club; he was an active member of Brooks United Church and was a member of the AOTS Club.

Surviving are his wife Eva of Brooks; one daughter Wilda of Edmonton; one son Jim of Brooks; one grandson Billy; two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Ragsdale, Brooks and Mrs. Kay Arthur of Innisfail; one brother Wilbur Renicker of Calgary.

Funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 14 in Brooks United Church at two o’clock with the Rev. G.G. Scott officiating. Interment was in Brooks Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robert Fleury, Glen Clarke, John Husar, John Cairns, Alan Tiegs and Herman Grosfield.

If friends desire, donations may be made to the Brooks United Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements were under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.