Bus named after dedicated EYMS employee who lost battle with cancer
A DEDICATED employee who died after a battle with cancer has had a bus named after him.
At a ceremony attended by his widow, a freshly painted bus was named "Colin Fairbank" after the radio operator who had worked for East Yorkshire Motor Services for 29 years in total.
Mr Fairbank, who lived in the Bethune Avenue area of west Hull, died in the summer having been off for six months battling cancer. He was 56.
He had two spells working for EYMS from 1979 to 1983 and then again from May 1987 until his death, meaning he completed 25 years' continuous service.
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His wife Ros, a nurse, and other family members attended the emotional ceremony.
She said: "We really appreciate this, it is such a nice gesture.
"Colin always hoped to get back on the buses and now, in a way, he has done.
"We will now be looking out for his name on the bus and it will make us very proud."
Originally a driver on Hull bus services, Colin also spent several years driving on the National Express routes operated by EYMS.
He later became a relief radio operator and a relief supervisor at the Beverley depot in 2004, becoming a full-time radio operator in 2005.
There are already two buses in the East Yorkshire fleet named after former employees who died while still in service with the company.
Naming a bus after Colin was suggested by his work colleagues.
EYMS chairman Peter Shipp believes Mr Fairbank fully deserves the honour bestowed on him.
He said "We were very happy to agree to this request. It is a nice way of remembering former colleagues who have unfortunately passed away while still employed by us."
Mr Shipp also praised Mrs Fairbank for attending the ceremony, despite the difficult time she has been going through.
He said: "We realise it has been a traumatic time for Colin's widow, Ros, but she kindly agreed to be present at the naming ceremony, which I know will be appreciated by his former colleagues."