7th Jul, 2022

Much-loved Coventry bus driver gets dying wish as he goes on one last journey

Felix Nobes 25th Jul, 2018

A COVENTRY bus driver who passed away has had his final wish granted by family, friends and colleagues who arranged for one last trip on his old bus.

Glyn Bralee joined the National Express in March 2009 and regularly drove the number 10 between Eastern Green, Whoberley, Coventry city centre and Bell Green.

But Glyn was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer and passed away exactly one month before his 59th birthday.

A few days before his condition began to deteriorate, Glyn made one of his closest colleagues make him a promise.

Glyn wanted his final trip to be made on his number 10 bus.

National Express driver Paul Fox was a close friend of Glyn’s.

Although he was incredibly sad when Glyn passed away, he found comfort in being able to honour his wish.

Paul arranged for driver Glyn Bralee’s family to visit the garage in Coventry.

When they arrived, they saw the National Express bus fleet number 4884 had been fitted with name plaques in dedication to the much-loved colleague and friend.

Paul then took Glyn’s ashes on his specially named bus on one last full journey of his regular 10 route.

Sam Houlders, operations manager at National Express Coventry, said: “We were all extremely sad when our friend and colleague driver Glyn Bralee passed away. Glyn had been with us for almost 10 years and was very well thought of by staff and customers alike. As a Master Driver he was one of our best.

“It felt only right that we should dedicate one of our buses to him and we were both honoured and pleased that we were able to grant his wish by making sure we gave him the final fond farewell that he’d asked for.”

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