Alan Drakeford, founder of well-known coach conversion specialist AD Coach Systems of Biddulph, Staffordshire, has died. He was 74.
Mr Drakeford’s journey began with AD Auto Electrics in 1970, where he worked for several haulage companies. He used a van, a Nissen hut and hard work hut to grow his enterprise, which diversified into new areas and employed specialist staff. The first coach he worked on was one owned by Bakers Coaches, which was also based in Biddulph.
In later years, the firm’s activity with coaches grew to such an extent that Mr Drakeford formed a new company, AD Coach Systems, in 1989. More staff were recruited, and the business’s coach conversion work flourished under his guidance.
AD Coach Systems has since embraced new technologies as those processes debuted and today it enjoys a fine reputation for its specialist work, which has included the conversion of numerous coaches to carry professional sports teams. It is particularly well known for those efforts on behalf of operators that provide transport for Premier League football clubs.
Mr Drakeford remained active within AD Coach Systems until his death. He leaves a wife, two children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A spokesperson for the company says that his legacy will continue “in the capable hands of his daughter, son-in-law, grandson and a very talented and committed workforce.”
The funeral will take place on Monday 23 May at 1115hrs at St Lawrence’s Church, Biddulph, ST8 7RG. There will be a short committal at Bradwell Crematorium, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 8LE.
Mr Drakeford’s family has invited his friends and colleagues from within the coach industry to join them immediately after the church service at Knypersley Sports and Social Club, 230 Tunstall Road, ST8 7AH, for refreshments and to reminisce about his life and achievements.
Family flowers only have been requested, but donations to Cancer Research in the memory of Alan Drakeford may be made via the AD Coach Systems website.