BRAS D’OR CHAUFFEUR – LIMO DRIVER

Cape Breton native chosen as chauffeur of the year by U.S. magazine

 

Reggie and Biddie (Swan) Thurbide – Good friends from Years gone By

 

Julie Collins – Cape Breton Post

Reggie and Bridget Thurbide are proud of their son Joseph (Gerard), who has been working as a limousine driver for nearly two decades.

Published on January 21st, 2011

Published on January 21st, 2011

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post 

BRAS D’OR — Joseph (Gerard) Thurbide, formerly of Bras d’Or, has been named chauffeur of the year by Limousine Digest in the United States.

Topics :

U.S. magazine , UPS , Boston Bruins , Cape Breton , U.S. , Mill Creek

Thurbide, who moved to the U.S. with his family when he was three years old, comes back to Cape Breton four or five times a year to visit his parents, Reggie and Bridget Thurbide, who now live in Mill Creek.

“When I was driving for UPS, I went to Cape Breton one weekend to drive for a wedding in Bras d’Or and I ended up getting into the (chauffeur) business,” he said. “I went from a brown to a black suit and driving people around instead of packages, and I’ve been doing it for almost 20 years.”

He has driven celebrities such as Bruce Springsteen, Danny Glover and Danny Devito, as well as members of the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots, as well as PGA golfers and major league baseball players.

He has also driven for daughters of presidents and political leaders from other countries.

“The majority of celebrities that I drive are good,” Thurbide said. “Every day is different because you don’t know who or where you are going to be driving — it could be Boston, New York or Philly, you never know.”

One of the highlights of his career was being the personal driver for the president of Indonesia’s daughter, who was in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics.

Thurbide attributes his work ethic to his parents.

“It also has to do with that good old Cape Breton hospitality, doing what you can for people,” he said. “The key to being a good chauffeur is to treat everyone with the same respect with which you would like to be treated.”

His parents are delighted when the youngest of their six children comes for a visit.

“Around here he is known as Gerard,” said his mother. “We have three children in the (United) States and three living here. We are proud of all of them, it is just that Gerard has such a unique job. ”

“Even when he was a youngster, Gerard had a knack for navigation and getting around. He knows every shortcut in Boston,” said his father.

  For the Thurbides, who have been married for 64 years, family is most important.

  “We are proud of Gerard’s accomplishments,” said his father. “He takes such pride in his work and is an excellent driver.”

(It is no wonder he was chosen, he has the right genes passed along from two of the nicest people you would ever want to meet Reggie and Biddie – CAPER)

(jcollins@cbpost.com)

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