Lifelong friend, caretaker of history
WINCHESTER — Brian (Bud) Raistrick is a man who never stops.
He’s been working in the printing business since 1957, starting out at the very bottom as a delivery boy for the Winchester Press and working his way up to owner of Winchester Print.
Bud was born in Winchester back in 1937, growing up on Fred Street and attending public school, then high school in the village.
“It was enjoyable,” he notes. “We did a bit of tobogganing the odd time when the snow drifts were high and we’d make a slide.”
It was in school that Bud met Ian Graham, now a doctor who lives in British Columbia. Ian moved away from Winchester in 1946, when his father accepted a job in Orillia.
“Every year at Christmas, I email Ian and he emails me,” explains Bud. “We used to write our letters by hand. We’ve kept in touch for 75 years and we’re still good friends today.”
Bud’s lifelong career would be decided before he even finished school. Reg and Ron Workman, who took over the Winchester Press after their father passed away, approached Bud about a job. They told Bud it had been their father Fern’s intention to ask him if he’d like to be a printer.
“So I started out delivering newspapers, just part-time at first,” says Bud.
He worked 9 hours per week – one hour each day after school and four hours on Saturday mornings – earning $10 each week. Reg and Ron would often be around and showed Bud where the type was because everything was hand set back then.
“I got to learn the type case. On Saturdays, I would take the page apart, take that type and throw it back in the right type cases, so when they started next week’s paper, it was all ready for them.”
Earning the big bucks as a working man meant Bud could invest in the finer things in life.
“My first car was a 1936 Dodge,” he explains. “The total cost was $150 and I had saved about $50…that was all the money I had. I went to Boyd’s…Max and Ed Boyd, they were kind of running it, and they knew me – I was a pretty good lad. So I bought the car and gave them $50 down and then $5 every week until it was paid for. And that was simply on a handshake.”
Everything was going quite well, according to Bud, and when September rolled around, it was time to make a choice: continue on with school or stay working.
“I guess I stayed working,” he laughs.
And he never stopped, even at the age of 84. He is still ‘on call’ for Winchester Print – heading into work whenever he’s needed. Life has come full circle for Bud, who is back doing deliveries.
When Reg and Ron decided to retire in 1981, Bud took the plunge and became his own boss, along with his business partner Maxine Baldwin. She retired in 1989, selling her share of the business to Bud, who in turn handed the keys over to his two sons – Kent and Kreg.
For the past 40 years, Bud’s family has grown Winchester Print into the still thriving business it is today.
“We pride ourselves on quality,” says Bud. “If I wouldn’t pay for it, I wouldn’t expect you to pay for it.”
Winchester Print offers a myriad of services, from flyers to newspapers, and calendars to yearbooks.
His wife Heather still works five days a week, doing accounting for the business.
“We’ve had a good life,” he notes. “We’ve done what we wanted to do – been to the East Coast three times and the West Coast three times…never been to Florida.”
Bud proudly shows off photos of his three grandchildren, which adorn the walls of his home in South Mountain. He takes a stroll outside to the shed he built with his own two hands, which is filled with trinkets and machines from the past, including his 1968 Case lawn mower that still runs today.
Bud is a staple of North Dundas, giving back through his unsung volunteerism and ability to make people feel welcome when they step in off the street.