100-Truck Convoy Pays Tribute to Late Trucking Legend

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More than a hundred trucks lined up in procession for the funeral of trucking and OTA legend Don Anderson this past weekend.

Anderson, The founder of Don Anderson Haulage Limited, passed away on Canada Day after a battle with cancer.

Over 700 people – family, friends and trucking industry brethren — attended the funeral.

Word of the convoy in Anderson’s honour spread quickly, growing to over 100 trucks from the company and other fleets, according to CTV News. The procession rolled north on Highway 404 to the company terminal in Stouffville, Ont, where Anderson was laid to rest.

“Trucking was his life,” his son Michael Anderson, told CTV. “Our family is so touched by all these guys coming out on a Saturday and to pay their respects to my dad this way is truly special.”

Don started Anderson Haulage in 1960 with one truck. Over the next 55 years his vision and leadership led him from the gravel industry to a company specializing in the movement of over-dimensional loads. Trucking was the love of his life. His employees and colleagues were like family.

He was a strong, long-time supporter of the OTA. In 2006, Don was awarded the OTA Service to Industry Award, the highest honour bestowed on an executive member of the Ontario trucking industry.

In a note to OTA members last week, CEO David Bradley wrote:

“Don Anderson was the embodiment of everything that is good about the trucking industry – dedication, hard work, honesty, a loving husband and family man, a sense of humour.

“Donnie, as he was affectionately known, had the respect of his industry peers and they had his.
He and Maris, and you couldn’t think of one without the other, were a wonderful couple and an incredible team until the very end.

Donnie was larger than life – I wouldn’t have wanted to be skating down his side of the ice – with that huge smile and even bigger presence. In that sense he will continue to live on after his passing and when we think of him we will smile.”

Watch the full CTV report here.

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