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Years ago, you would actually fix things


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A newcomer to Brockville’s downtown might have easily missed Vijay Beri’s small electronics repair shop.

Electric Appliance Service is nestled in what might otherwise be a home at the foot of Park Street – not likely a spot where city hall would allow a business today.

But things were different in the late 1960s.

“We used to be across the road,” Beri, 75, said Thursday, noting the first shop opened in 1967, before he moved across Park Street in 1975.

That will change after today, when Beri closes up the shop and retires.

It’s been a fascinating five-decade trajectory for Beri, who came to Brockville from Nairobi, Kenya, in the 1960s.

Back in Kenya, he fixed the totalizers on gasoline pumps (the calibration part that matched the gasoline used with the price charged). Beri recalls being the youngest person, at that time and place, to have a licence to open up gas pumps.

But that line of work was not available to him in Canada.

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Beri eventually ended up working for Edward Hughes at the appliance repair shop, as a technician, before taking over the business two years later.

“I loved it,” he said.

“Ever since when I was a kid, it was my hobby, kind of taking things apart and fixing them.”

His education left him with a diploma in technical services, for electronics, in Kenya, he noted.

“TVs, they were just coming into the market at that time,” recalled Beri.

At the shop, he started with small appliances, before moving up…

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