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Hants’ Faces Friday — David Horner

David Horner says his favourite thing about delivering milk is interacting with his customers and providing a service that people, especially seniors, rely on.
David Horner says his favourite thing about delivering milk is interacting with his customers and providing a service that people, especially seniors, rely on.

WINDSOR, N.S. — David Horner has a busy schedule — like the seven days a week kind of schedule. But he loves it.

Originally from Ontario, now living in Falmouth, Horner is known in some parts of West Hants as the friendly neighbourhood milkman, delivering dairy products from Vaughan to Walton and many places in between.

The friendly neighbourhood milkman, David Horner, says he doesn’t work alone. He receives lots of assistance from members of his family, some of which have helped on milk runs of their own.

“I have a military background. I was with the military for 24 years. On my last posting I was in Greenwood with crash and rescue. Before I retired from that, I went to the local library in Windsor, and I happened to open up the newspaper and noticed that they were looking for a milkman on an independent run in Kentville, so I thought ‘well I better look into that.’ I knew I wanted to get out (of the military). I had four young kids, and my next posting was to Cold Lake, and I had no interest in going there. So I started doing the milk (run) in 2005 up in Kentville, and from Kentville I realized there was a run here in the Windsor area for sale and I purchased it. I took care of Kentville and Windsor for a bit but it was too much, so I got rid of Kentville and stayed here in Windsor. I’ve been working the Windsor run ever since.”

David Horner gets his delivery truck ready for another run in the Windsor Business Park. He works long hours, but says he loves his job.

“I go from Windsor, then down the Chester Road to the Lakeside Store and then all the way up to Walton to the farthest point. I cover between 80-100 customers and I do that seven days a week. I have my son helping me out on Sundays, which helps out quite a bit. I have another run in Dartmouth too, and my oldest son does that one for me. I had the opportunity to expand, and he takes care of that for me. I love it. I just love (this job) and that’s the difference. I just love what I’m doing… I love being able to talk to customers and see the smile on their face as I walk away, knowing I’m doing good. I feed off of it.”

“If somebody called me at 12 o’clock at night, well, I’d get out of bed to have the service for them. On one of my regular home deliveries, there’s a senior who lives on my road and she always takes two one-litre two per cent cartons and no matter what I’m doing, I’ll stop and go speak to her. She lost her husband a couple of years ago and I just love sitting down and talking to her. She just puts a smile on my face. Even though it’s only a small delivery, I just love it when she calls me just to be able to communicate with her. That really puts a smile on my face”

David Horner gets his delivery truck ready for another run in the Windsor Business Park. He works long hours, but says he loves his job.

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