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Moving tribute: Local driver gets special taxi procession as sendoff

A procession from Hennessey Cutcliffe Charlottetown Funeral Home to St. Patrick’s Church in Fort Augustus on Friday consisted of Reginald (Buddy) Corrigan’s family and fellow taxi drivers.
A procession from Hennessey Cutcliffe Charlottetown Funeral Home to St. Patrick’s Church in Fort Augustus on Friday consisted of Reginald (Buddy) Corrigan’s family and fellow taxi drivers.

A well-known taxi driver in the Charlottetown area got a fitting sendoff Friday.

Reginald (Buddy) Corrigan, the longest serving cab driver at the family owned City Taxi, died Oct. 2 after a battle with cancer. He was 74.

Following a funeral mass on Friday, the procession from Hennessey Cutcliffe Charlottetown Funeral Home to St. Patrick’s Church in Fort Augustus consisted of his family and fellow taxi drivers.

The late Reginald (Buddy) Corrigan.

In a moving tribute, the procession was led by Buddy’s own taxi, driven by his wife Linda, followed by his three brothers — two of whom are also cab drivers of more than 40 years — along with 25 other taxi drivers.

Buddy worked as a driver with City Taxi for 43 years, beginning in 1974 up until he was diagnosed with cancer in June.

He is described as one of the most gentle, courteous and friendly drivers. Many customers of City Taxi said they loved driving with him because of his patience and kindness. 

Buddy took great pride in his work, making sure his car was always neat and respectable for the many passengers he drove over the years. He touched the hearts of all those who were lucky enough to have known him.

Buddy was strong and courageous as he fought his short battle with cancer. He will be missed by his family and the many customers he got to know during his time as a driver.

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