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                                  The 70-Year-Old Labour of Love
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     Gerry is thrilled to share his joy of the restored ’51 Merc truck with his four grandsons and hopes they will do their drivers’ tests in it, just as he did nearly 60 years ago!
Sometimes the ‘things’ of our past can be important reminders and a joyful connection to people or special memories of long ago. These things matter. But things, like people, wear down over time. It’s only when someone is determined enough to restore one of these treasures (with great effort and cost) that we are reminded of the beauty and wonderful moments of our past. Well done Gerry, and happy 70th birthday ‘Mercie!’
Mary Hof
Well, dreams do come true. Retired Cowichan Bay dairy farmer Gerry Hof took his drivers license test way back in 1964 in his father’s 1951 Mercury truck. It was in good shape then, but over the next 50 years, it laid resting in fields and bushes. I remember our kids when they were small playing in it, putting sand down the carburetor and it was just junk to me. “You’ve got to be kidding,” I remember saying in 1998 when Gerry told me of his plans to get it going again.
Well, little by little, it became his project, many times putting it aside as I complained of the mounting costs, but Gerry saw it differently. I went along with it as he did a lot of work himself until April 2020, when we made the decision to get it professionally finished. I cursed every time I saw a bill, but Gerry would just say, “It’s worth it.”
It’s 2021, and the 70-year-old Mercury is home now in our carport (though I didn’t give in for keeping it in the garage and kicking my car out). It still needs a little work, which I am sure Gerry will do, but I am hoping it gives him years of joy. Gerry’s hope had been to complete it before his mom died in 2001; he wanted her to have the first ride, as she was a big part of why we are here on the farm today. That never happened, but today we parked the truck at the Cees and Miep Hof Park on Cherry Point Road, across from the farm. When suddenly the sun shone through, I felt her saying, “Well done son, its looks fantastic.” This moment ended with, “Hop in Mary, I’ll take you for a ride.”
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