Former colleagues have paid tribute to one half of a successful business double act who founded a well-known bus company.
David Reeves set up D&G Bus with business partner Gerald Henderson in September 1998.
And when Gerald died suddenly in 2006, David had to re-organise the company and became more involved in the operational side of the business.
But David had to step back from the day-to-day management in 2016 due to his own health issues. He has now died at the age of 61 following a heart attack.
D&G operations director Kevin Crawford said: “Over the years we worked together his influence has been clear to see and I am honoured to have had him as my friend and I will always remember him with great admiration and affection.
“He was well respected, liked by the workforce, and seen more as a friend than a boss. His positive attitude helped to motivate all of us and we were never in doubt as to how much he valued our contribution and work. We will all miss him so much.”
Accounts manager Kelly Thomas added: “His warm spirit, generosity, and sense of humour was a joy to all who knew him. He had a heart of gold and always looked after his staff.”
David was a Stoke City season ticket holder and the president of Uttoxeter Rotary Club.
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Personal assistant Heidi Holland said: “He truly was an incredible and inspirational man who saw potential in his staff and had such an amazing effect on everyone who knew him.”
Former D&G driver David Latham, aged 49, from Stoke, said: “I met him a few times and he was very business minded and straight talking, a very friendly person. He had a passion for his work and put 100 per cent into it.
“It was quite a shock when I found out he had died, it’s very sad. He will be deeply missed by a lot of people in the bus world.
“David was well respected by everyone around him. He was a genuine person who would help the drivers when we needed it. The pair of them went out their way to help any member of staff. He was one of a kind.”