The streets of Sherbrooke, he knew them all without exception. Public places in the region, he visited them all. No corner of the city lacks.
After 48 years as a taxi driver in Sherbrooke, Jean-Guy Drouin can claim to know the city like the back of his hand. This Sherbrooke 78 years champion of longevity in the workplace took his retirement last fall.
“I would have liked to work 50 years, but it did not work,” says the new retiree living in the Fleurimont sector.
“To work as long as a taxi driver, you must love the public, like driving, love work,” says this father.
But “48 years and three months’ driving a taxi car, he goes in the events. “It has changed. When I started in August 1967, the top of the city of Sherbrooke stopped in the King West and Jacques-Cartier sector. After there was virtually nothing. Estrie Carrefour did not exist, “recalls Mr. Drouin when he looks in the mirror.
“Fleurimont called North Ascot …”
Traffic has also changed its face. “There are more people, more traffic. The college and university have increased the population, “he said in an interview with La Tribune.
“Always be more careful when driving.”
And customers too … “I worked night. Before, there were no drugs. People came out of the bar and they were happier, it seems to me, “said the Sherbrooke.
“When I felt like the person boarded could have taken drugs and could become aggressive, I pricked him a chat. It changed her ideas. In that time, we must be more careful. It was my way of reacting. ”
Its range was not limited only to the Sherbrooke area. One day, there are about 30, he was asked to lead a family in New York. Nothing less !
“These people had to take the plane at Kennedy Airport. One day I went to the Saguenay to drive people to the hospital. ”
Jean-Guy Drouin keeps many other souvenirs of course. “Like the time I was asked the Archbishop of Sherbrooke. When I got there, Bishop Jean-Marie Fortier came out, but he did not I carry her suitcase. He said he was able, “he recalls.
“It was a bit special. It was still the Archbishop and I let him carry her suitcase. I could at least open the door of the car … ”
Socially, Mr. Drouin was known for his brothers and sisters by his involvement in organizing the golf tournament of the company Taxi Sherbrooke for several years.
Today, despite the well-deserved retirement, he tries to keep busy. Jean-Guy Drouin takes care of his family. “I stand in shape and busy,” he says.
“Sometimes when I see a taxi car, I look at his number. It’s stronger than me … after all these years. ”