Video shows Chorley bus drivers' kind tribute to Wigan dad Arnie Naylor

Bus drivers turned out in force on Thursday night to pay tribute to their fallen colleague who died from Covid-19.

By Stef Hall
Friday, 15th May 2020, 12:30 pm

Arnie Naylor, 56, had been managing coronavirus symptoms at home for a week when his condition deteriorated, and on Easter Sunday he was admitted to Wigan Hospital.

The popular dad, who lived in Leigh, fought the illness for 12 more days, but his condition tragically deteriorated and he passed away in intensive care on May 5.

In a touching tribute, Stagecoach workers wore special T-shirts and changed the signs on their vehicles, before taking part in a special ride along Arnie's most regular route to Chorley Hospital, moments before the national Clap for Carers.

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Much missed: Arnie Naylor

Matt Davies, managing director of Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: "The thoughts of everyone here at Stagecoach are with the family and friends of Arnie along with those of other bus workers in the country who have sadly passed away.

"Arnie will be sorely missed by his colleagues at Chorley whom he saw every day.

"His cheerful positive attitude and humour rubbed off on all of the team every day and it won’t be the same without him.

"Our hearts go out to all of those who have lost loved ones at this time. We are incredibly proud of the professional job all bus workers are doing at this difficult time."