Like City Wide today, we too attended to airplane recoveries. There was a drunken pilot on New Year’s Eve 1950, who crashed into a house on 11th Avenue N.W. just west of Centre Street. We were called in to winch what was left of the aircraft so the bodies could be removed.
In those days many large recoveries were performed on Anthracite Hill near Banff on the old #1 Highway.
Red eventually sold the business to Motor Inn Towing operated by Len Ring. By that time my brother and I had decided we wanted to move on to different lives. Motor Inn Towing was sold two or three times and eventually became Metro Towing, owned by Carl Vanderspeck from Vancouver. He also purchased another towing company, City Wide Towing.
We purchased Buster’s Heavy Towing Service in 1988 followed by the purchase of ATO towing in 1990, then City Wide Towing in 1991. At that point Buster’s was awarded the City Towing Contact, which is still in force today.
Other companies purchased were: Big “I” Towing of Crossfield and Airdire, Able Towing of Calgary, Big Hill Towing of Cochrane, Sicotte Towing of High River (since closed) additionally we moved into Strathmore under the City Wide banner as well.
If we look back to our humble beginnings we can see, by a process of acquisitions, that Red’s Towing and Wrecker Service became City Wide Towing & Recovery Service Ltd.
What Goes Around Comes Around
Thank you for allowing me to relate the history of our company. It has been a thrill for me. To my good friend Mark Eastman who toiled so many years for us; “May you rest in peace”.