Friday, May 25, 2012

Ray Jackson After the War

After Ray was invalided home in July 1919, he went to work for his brother Ernie Jackson at his Grey-Dort and Ford Agency in Teeswater, Ontario. He operated this business until 1922 when he left in January 1923 to take a Business Administration course at Shaw's Business School in Toronto. In 1923 he was hired by G. A. Secord, owner and operator of Danforth Dollar Taxi and in 1924 he joined the DriveYourself division of the Deluxe Cab Company who were Hertz licensees.

Hertz Drivurself
Danforth Ave.

In April 1926 Ray married (Agnes) Norma Skilling his long-time fiancee from Teeswater. They had two children David (my husband) and Rosemary.

Ray Jackson left
c. 1930

Ray Jackson

In 1931 Ray's boss, G.A. Secord purchased the Hertz franchise from General Motors and Ray stayed with the company and became Executive Vice-president of Hertz Drive Yourself Stations of Ontario Limited and Hertz Truck Lease of Ontario Limited.

He retired in December 1962 from Hertz, the largest car and rental operation in Canada and the largest Hertz Licensees in the world.

Ray never lost his interest in farming and in 1951 purchased a small farm in Richmond Hill and later a large farm  in Holt, Ontario where he raised Aberdeen Angus cattle. He was interested in golf and fishing and active in the United Church of Canada. He also volunteered his time with several business organizations and The Optimist Club which was founded in Canada by his brother-in-law, William M. Skilling. Ray lived by the Optimist Creed:

Ray Jackson died in Newmarket, Ontario in 1984 at the age of 87.

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