Darrell Danyluck starts his last day of work by driving over his alarm clock

Retiring the bus and the alarm clock

Bus driver retires after 34 years on the road to Sooke

Darrell Danyluck, a bus driver of 34 years currently living in East Sooke, will be hanging up his bus driver’s hat. And before he does that, he will be (happily) running over his alarm clock!

As a part of his farewell “tour,” Bev, Darrell’s wife, and Penny, Darrell’s sister greeted the passengers with donuts as they boarded the bus; Darrell warmly welcomes the regular riders onto the bus and invites them to “help themselves to some goodies.”

“Listen to this,” he urges, sitting behind the wheel of the bus, as the alarm beeps persistently in the foreground, “I won’t have to listen to this anymore!”

“It’s so old, it got to the point we can’t turn it off,” laughs Bev, “so it would go off at four in the morning, even on the weekends too.”

The future of the clock is still unknown. After being run over by a fully-loaded double-decker bus, it was still ticking. The digital display was still working, although the annoying alarm was once-and-for-all silenced.

So what will they do with all their new found silence (and time)? According to Bev, they will relax, complete work around the house and then go to England for a bit.

Darrell’s view is more succinct: “Going fishing,” he says.

“I’ve enjoyed it all,” sums up Darrell. “There’s a lot of memories: Santa Claus buses, parades and lots of things. I’m going to miss all the regular riders.”

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