Trucking industry pioneer passes away

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OKOTOKS, Alta. — The Alberta trucking industry is mourning the loss of one its pioneers Ken Edwards.

Edwards passed away Nov. 1 at the age of 76. Born in Bracken, Sask. In 1928, Edwards enjoyed a lengthy career in the trucking industry. His career involved driving, driver training and management and he will also be remembered for his volunteer work with the industry’s provincial associations.

Edwards was co-owner of Kenford Transport in 1957 and in 1968 he launched Baseline Transport. His trucks worked the oilpatch and hauled heavy equipment for the construction industry.

He became a director with the Alberta Trucking Association in 1953 and was named president of the association in 1969. Among his achievements was receiving the Service to the Industry Award in 1970. Edwards was also the recipient of a One Million Mile Safe Driving Award which he received from Alberta Premier, Peter Lougheed.

Edwards sold his trucking companies in 1973 and joined the Alberta Trucking Association full-time. He served as safety coordinator and was instrumental in organizing the annual provincial truck driving championships.

A celebration of Edwards’ life will be held Nov. 6 from 1-4 p.m. at the Elks 31 Club at 62 Elizabeth St. in Okotoks.

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