Family-owned Eganville garage closes after 70 years

Immediately after 70 many years in enterprise, one particular of the very last loved ones-owned automotive garages in the Ottawa Valley has serviced its last motor vehicle.

Opened in 1953, Friday marked the previous working day at the O’Grady Brothers garage.

Latest homeowners Pat and Helen O’Grady took around in 1998. Subsequent a fireplace in 2007, the building was rebuilt with a flower and present shop additional in 2008.

“We have had prospects in this 7 days who reported they’re heading to seriously skip [Pat] since he was the most genuine mechanic they ever had,” Helen explained.

For the earlier 25 many years, Pat O’Grady and his brother Jim have been the only mechanics servicing cars at the store. In a week’s truly worth of work, they reckon they would get less than the hoods of up to 100 cars.

“Just one was improved at a single thing than the other so it was a great combination,” Jim O’Grady explained.

“They would arrive from all throughout the valley,” Pat said of his client foundation.

“We obtained persons coming up from Toronto that would get do the job performed. They connect with us and they are on vacations, they come up. They want their do the job finished.”

Pat and Helen O’Grady stand outside the house O’Grady Brothers Garage and O’Gradys Flowers and Gifts in Eganville. (Dylan Dyson/CTV News Ottawa)

After currently being rebuilt after currently, the garage is now established for a third lifestyle, as the County of Renfrew has acquired the setting up with plans to renovate it into a new paramedics’ hub and ambulance bay.

“It really is a area that we can have together the Freeway 60 corridor to even more enhance expert services along this part of the county,” explained Dave Libby, acting deputy chief of operations for the Renfrew County Paramedic Support.

At the moment, paramedics share a truck bay with the firefighters in Eganville. The service hopes to go into O’Grady’s by up coming spring.

Libby states the extra place at the garage will allow for expanded paramedic products and services.

“At the moment, we have two automobiles that are stationed in Eganville at a distinctive facility but with the growth listed here we might have the space to have an further ambulance right here, and also be equipped to have our neighborhood paramedics start off out at the foundation listed here.”

Libby adds that no added ambulances would be purchased, but alternatively a reserve automobile would be released into the entire-time fleet.

“I am rather pleased with what we’re executing due to the fact we know it really is heading to be a venture for the group that is wanted,” Pat informed CTV Information.

“But ideal now, all the buyers are coming in and out, and it can be sort of difficult.”

Individuals customers stopped in on Friday to bid farewell to their extensive-time mechanic and want the O’Grady’s a pleased retirement.

“It can be likely to be a big decline for the group and for us for positive,” stated Megan and Kevin McGrath, who have been coming to O’Grady’s for much more than 30 several years.

The significant issue for them and a lot of other Eganville motorists although is where by will they get their auto serviced?

“Which is a great query, we are heading to have to glance into it.”