May 19, 2016 - 6:30 PM
PENTICTON - Sale of an antique truck provided the funds for a recent donation to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.
Jim Leir sold a restored 1918 Mack AC “Bulldog” truck once owned by his father, Hugh Leir, who purchased the truck after the First World War.
The $30,000 proceeds of the sale were donated to the foundation as part of their campaign to provide funding for medical equipment at the new patient care tower planned for Penticton Regional Hospital.
The Mack truck was used to haul lumber and shunt freight cars in the yards of the Leir family sawmill. Leir restored the truck over a five year period, 25 years ago. Since then it has appeared in several classic truck shows throughout Western Canada.
Jim Leir was born in 1928, part of the large, 11 child Leir family living in the distinctive house now known as the Leir House Cultural Centre.
He says he’s pleased to be able to donate the funds from the sale of the truck to the hospital foundation.
“It’s a good place to put the money,” Leir says.
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