A FORMER Blackpool bus chief – described as having a “passion for public transport” – has died after a short illness.
Derek Hyde, who was in charge of the resort’s tram and bus fleet between 1974 and 1989, died on June 21 aged 84.
Among the highlights of his career was over-seeing the centenary celebrations for the Blackpool trams in 1985.
Mr Hyde, who lived near Stanley Park, retired from his role shortly after the fleet became a council-owned company, handing over command of the town’s then 103 buses and 85 trams to his former deputy Anthony Depledge.
Mr Hyde, who leaves two surviving children John and Ruth, and two grandchildren, started his career as an engineering apprentice in his native Ashton-under-Lyne in 1943. He joined Blackpool from Coventry.
His daughter Ruth said: “For the centenary the Promenade was full of people and being part of that was definitely one of his high points.
“He carried on using the buses even after he retired, right up until before he went into hospital and he was genuinely passionate about public transport.
“I don’t think it was just a job, it was something he felt very strongly about.
“He was very positive about all the changes and I think quite envious about the amount of money that had come in to be spent on the tramway.”
Mr Hyde’s funeral will be held on Monday, July 2, at 12.30pm at Carleton Crematorium.