Bristol bus driver dies after falling ill with coronavirus
TRIBUTES have been paid to a Bristol bus driver who has died after falling ill with coronavirus.
Martin Egan had worked on the city’s buses for 40 years and had been based at the Lawrence Hill depot, which serves East Bristol and routes into South Gloucestershire.
He died on Saturday after being taken ill two weeks earlier.
The driver was employed by First West of England and had recently helped launch the bus operator’s new biogas-fuelled buses based at Lawrence Hill.
The company said it had identified those members of staff he had been in close contact with and they had since been in self-isolation.
First West of England managing director James Freeman, pictured above, said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the passing of one of our drivers, Martin Egan, on Saturday 28th March, after he fell ill with Coronavirus two weeks ago.
“Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family and friends.
“Martin was a hugely respected member of our team and I know this will be devastating news for his colleagues and customers that got to know him over the years.
“Martin last drove a bus more than two weeks ago, before he was taken ill. We have identified those that we understand had come into recent contact with him, including supervisors and drivers, and they have since been in self isolation.
“Martin was a tremendously loyal employee and a great character, having worked for our business for 40 years. He started as a driver at our Muller Road depot in 1980 and then moved to our Lawrence Hill operation later in his career.
“Personally, I will always remember his huge smile when we recently launched our new gas buses in Bristol. His presence around the depot will be greatly missed.”