A POPULAR bus driver has retired after a career spanning more than four decades
Godfrey Waldron – known by many of his passengers and colleagues at Stagecoach in Chichester by his childhood nickname Foo – has decided to call it a day at the age of 65.
He trained as a bus driver for what was then Southdown Bus Company in 1969 at the Hilsea bus depot where his father was also a driver.
Prior to being based at Chichester, he also worked from Havant.
The company found memorabilia from the Southdown bus era including duty rosters, emergency tickets and a banner to display as Stagecoach’s regional managing director, Andrew Dyer, was joined by friends and colleagues to say goodbye.
Mr Waldron, who now plans to enjoy his retirement and focus on DIY projects on his home in Bosham, said: ‘I won’t pretend that the job has not been demanding but the trick has been to make the most of the daily challenge.
‘I plan to enjoy life without working to a timetable and spend more time with my grandchildren. That said, I will miss so many passengers I consider friends and of course my fellow drivers.’
Mr Dyer said he would be missed by many.
‘We know from the response from customers that Foo has been very popular,’ he said.
‘We are all sad to see him go but many people will join me in wishing Foo a long, happy and healthy retirement.’