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Final journey for popular bus driver

Robert Horton. Picture: Andrew Roe

Robert Horton. Picture: Andrew Roe

A popular bus driver took his final journey on a vintage double-decker as he was laid to rest in Doncaster.

Friends and family gathered to pay their respects at the funeral of Robert Horton, aged 41, who had worked as a driver for more than 20 years.

His proud mum Sue said: “Robert planned his funeral and he wanted a double decker bus.

“He always loved buses, even from being a young child he would always play with toy buses.

“He always wanted to be a bus driver and when he passed his test it was one of the proudest days of his life.

“I remember him coming back with his pass certificate and saying ‘this is gold’.

“It was one of the proudest days of his life.

“He worked in Doncaster and travelled all over the country driving.”

The 41-year-old, who grew up in Thorne and was living in Bentley died on August 15 after battling bowel cancer.

The funeral service took place at St Nicholas Church in Thorne followed by a wake at the Brooke Arms.

Wilfreda Beehive, for whom Robert worked, provided the bus and driver for the funeral.

Sue said: “The service was absolutely packed there were so many people who turned out, friends, family, customers, colleagues.

“Robert was a very well known man in the community. He would always stop and chat to people and say hey up mate.

“He always had a smile on his face and always wanted to help people.

“He was so kind and caring, the best son anyone could’ve wished for.

“I think he would have been really pleased with the way the service turned out.”

Robert leaves behind his mum Sue, dad Brian, sister Jane and wife Julie,

Robert had just celebrated his second wedding anniversary with Julie after getting married at Birkin Church.

Sue said: “On his wedding day he smiled from morning until night, he never stopped.

“He was so happy and so proud to be getting married to Julie.”

A spokesman for Wilfreda Beehive said: “Robert was an absolute pleasure to work with and his infectious enthusiasm for his work had a positive effect on everyone.

“He was always prepared to help others and share his comprehensive knowledge of South Yorkshire bus routes.

“With Robert you always got a smile no matter what and he took great pride in his work which was evident from all the positive comments made by people who rode on his bus. We were honoured to take Robert on his final journey in our vintage Routemaster Bus – all at Wilfreda will miss him terribly. RIP Robert.”

As well as working as a bus driver Robert also volunteered at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

 

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