We are sad to report the death of transport enthusiast David Hunter, who passed away at Whipps Cross Hospital on 26th May after a short illness.
David who lived in Loughton Essex, was well known for attending rail and bus events throughout the UK and Europe. In recent years he had retired from his job with Network Rail, allowing him to step up his travels to many events where he was to be seen quietly observing the scene and chatting to the many people that he knew.
He was always willing to give support and get involved if asked to do so and was a regular attendee to the Kirkby Stephen Easter Rally, where he usually acted as a bus conductor.
He was always my guide when I visited London, his encyclopedic knowledge of London's buses trains and trams allowing us to move efficiently around the capital and to minimise travel times. He was a real gentleman and ultra polite and even though he was supposed to be leading me around he was always stepping back to allow me to go first.
His quiet manner and pleasant nature made it a pleasure to be in his company and he will be missed by all. DG
A tribute from Tony Wilson
David was for me 'the man with the smiley face'. Every time we met he always did so with a huge beaming smile, a smile that I hope for which he will always be remembered. On one particular occasion he was due to arrive at Kirkby Stephen West Railway Station staying with the Hamer family of Cumbria Classic Coaches. As I too was staying there they asked if I would pop down to the station and collect him, and suggested that I do so in their genuine 1937 Hackney carriage. The smile on his face as he exited the station, spread across those bleak Cumbrian Fells like a bright shaft of sunshine. Now whether the smile was for me or the transport of delight....................... TW