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bode5997

knowlegable brummie
:thumbsdown:Reading thru the threads about the buses,how many Ex-washwood heath bus drivers are out there.Come on,own up,I was there in the 80's before moning across the city to another garage.Used to be a great company to work for,now totally ruined.
 

terryb18

Gone but not forgotten R.I.P.
I knew someone called Tony Cole who worked there, he was a driver then became an inspector. He lived by me one time. Lost touch with him when I moved house.

Terry
 

bode5997

knowlegable brummie
I remember Don,i thought the bloke was hilarious at times,Ken McCormack ran the social,Phil Bird was the union guy,his brother Colin was on the road 94 service,Pat Loveday was also union rep when the union had clout.
 

jfc

master brummie
It's been 20 years now, i can't remember many names. Bob Julius with his scarf, John Montgomery and his Fiat 500 come to mind.
 

bode5997

knowlegable brummie
You will never see the likes of these people again.The days of fun on the job have loooooong gone now.
 

Alberta

Super Moderator
Staff member
My ex worked there from 1961( 56 and 26 route) until he suffered a heart attack in 1988 and was forced to retire,(John Altimas),I know of all the names mentioned here,Ken Mc Cormack was a friend from the 60s.
We lived opposite the garage.
 
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Wendy

Guest
I knew someone called Tony Cole who worked there, he was a driver then became an inspector. He lived by me one time. Lost touch with him when I moved house.

Terry

I have just read your post out to Michael. He laughed so much as he also knew Tony well but had no idea he became an inspector. He had moved to pastures new by then.
 

terryb18

Gone but not forgotten R.I.P.
I have just read your post out to Michael. He laughed so much as he also knew Tony well but had no idea he became an inspector. He had moved to pastures new by then.

I dont know if Michael knew Tony's wife Shirley, but she died while still in her 40's. I knew Shirley almost since school days. Sad loss.

Terry
 
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Wendy

Guest
Yes Terry Michael did meet Shirley but he left the garage in the around 1968 so only knew her in their youth. Very sad indeed.
 

Les

master brummie
Sadly Tony died a couple of years ago.

He was a great guy and I can remember him teaching me to drive when we first met in the 1960's when we were both bus conductors at Washwood Heath. I also met Shirley several times and can remember them being very fond of each other. It was a great shock when I heard that she had died so young.
 
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Wendy

Guest
Michael remebers there was another driver by the surname of Cole and he and Tony were often referred to as the Cole brothers although they were not related. He was sad to hear Tony had passed away.
 

Les

master brummie
He is probably thinking of Ricky and Colin Cole. I don't think that they were related to Tony.
 
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Wendy

Guest
Maybe when Michael gets home from work I will ask him as you say he may have got them mixed up.......it was a long time ago:)!
 

terryb18

Gone but not forgotten R.I.P.
I did'nt know Tony had died, I am gobsmacked. How sad. The picture I have attached is of Tony and Shirley with my ex father in law ( in the white shirt )

Terry
 

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Les

master brummie
Nice picture.

Tony became the Traffic Manager at Washwood Heath in the 1990's but, after a management restructure, he went back as a bus driver at Lea Hall Bus Garage until he finished on the job.
 

Les

master brummie
When I first started at Washwood Heath in the early sixties we had quite a few conductresses.
I can remember Kitty Walker, Mabel Smith and Dolly Hammond.

One of the driving instructors was Sid Johnson and others later included Bill Jones and Eric Howell.

Inspectors in those days included Charlie Peel, Alf Reid, Vic Fletcher, Larry Monahan, Tommy Bench, George Phillpots, Jimmy Rawbone, George Yardley, Vic Martin, Des Orr, Tony Cole, Brian Morrisey, Dave Thomas and a few more.

If I remember right, Bob Ong was the union chairman or secretary.
 

terryb18

Gone but not forgotten R.I.P.
As a matter of interest Les, how did he die? I am still quite gobsmacked to learn that he died. Shirley was my first wifes friend and I knew Tony as well. I can't quite remember but we must have gone to their wedding or at least the reception. By coincidence when I got married we bought a house on Chelmsley Wood and Tony and Shirley had already bought one right opposite us. However my marriage did'nt last long so we sold the house and that is when I lost contact with them.

Terry
 

Alberta

Super Moderator
Staff member
Les ,those names conjure up some good times not only did my ex work at the garage we lived across the road by St Marks,so I knew most of the people you named.
Many of them came to my sister Normas wedding at the Cross Guns.
One of the other checkers was Eric Cadwallader.
There we three Cole brothers Ricky,Colin and another,they lived in Shard End. Ricky was the good looking one that all the girls fancied.Tony was not related to them.
Bob Ong was union rep and my ex husband was secretary and later it was Chris Kearney.
 
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