Stephen (Steve) Edward Walter LEACH
December 26, 1917 to August 14,2003
Steve was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and became interested in driving and everything mechanical at an early age. In 1940 he proudly enlisted with the CANADIAN ARMY to assist in the allied efforts associated with World War II and was deployed to the European theatre of operations. He served in Italy and England during which time he became the operator of a breakdown lorry outfitted with the famous Holmes W45 wrecker which is shown in the period photos below.
At the conclusion of the war in 1945, Steve returned to Canada to rejoin his new wife Gwen who he had met while stationed near London, England and married as a war bride. He had sent her to Canada after they were married in order that she could escape the horrors of the war and the constant bombing of The City of London.
Steve worked in a variety of driving related jobs over the next two decades including for a service station that operated a small tow truck to assist customers. Due to his vast towing and recovery experience during the war he was the best suited employee to meet the needs of the station's customers when their vehicles required towing services. After several years his son Garry began to work at the station after school and on weekends and quickly became interested in the towing services provided to customers. With Steve's expert instruction and assistance with training, Garry soon became proficient with the tow truck's operation and began operating it on every opportunity when he was on duty.
In October 1969 and as a result of the inspiration of his father, Garry purchased a tow truck and commenced operations as UNITED TOWING SERVICES.