Colleagues and well-wishers pay tribute to ‘part of our family’
Hundreds of public transport workers, friends and well-wishes attended the Landican cemetery in Birkenhead to pay their respects to bus driver Harry McIvor, who was killed by the coronavirus. A moving video of the tribute has been published:
The video was posted on Facebook, with the following message from one of his colleagues:
Today Arriva Laird Street Birkenhead said goodbye to our mate Harry McIvor. About 300 people descended on Landican Cemetery for this totally decent bloke that was a big part of our family.
Last week we gave Arrowe Park Hospital just over £4000 that we have raised and we are well on the way to raising money for a bench or benches for a memorial garden for the nurses and patients. If anyone wants to donate just pass the money to any Arriva Driver on the Wirral or post to Chris Jones Arriva 90 Laird Street Birkenhead CH418ES. Thanks everyone, Chris.
Harry, described as a ‘mad Celtic fan’, arrived in Birkenhead from Glasgow and had driven buses in the area since the 1980s. His daughter Sharon said after his death in April:
He was an amazing person and I can’t believe I will never be able to just pick up the phone and call him again.
It’s completely devastating. We feel like we’ve been robbed of him by this awful virus. He was a happy, active and healthy man.
Transport workers have paid a heavy price, with little to no protection from government or operators. Station worker Belly Mujinga died after being spat on by a man who claimed to be infected with the virus, while a colleague also present at the incident contracted the virus but survived. British Transport Police have announced that no action will be taken against the man.
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