Downtown Halifax's french fry master 'Bud the Spud' dead at 77


Over the past 40 years, the "Bud the Spud'' food truck in downtown Halifax has become a local landmark, known for its mouthwatering french fries and long lineups.

The man who started the business in 1977, Leonard (Bud) True, died last Saturday at the age of 77.

However, the white van, parked most every day in the warmer months on Spring Garden Road, remains a lunchtime mecca.

Gary Burke, Bud's nephew, says Bud and his wife Nancy worked as a team for more than 30 years before they sold the truck and retired in 2009.

Burke says his aunt and uncle worked seven days a week for most of that time, lugging huge sacks of P.E.I. potatoes and running the deep fryers at full tilt, even on the hottest days.

Despite the long hours, Burke says Bud remained a friendly and outgoing man whose commitment to quality never waned.