Obituary – Douglas Bailey MBE


The UK Bus Driver of the Year Association (BDoY) has announced the death of Douglas Bailey MBE, one of its longest serving council members.

Douglas passed away peacefully at Marley Court Nursing Home, Chorley, on 15 May, with his wife Helen by his side. He was 79.

Weeks earlier his former employer, Stagecoach Lancashire and Merseyside, named a gold-liveried ADL Enviro400-bodied Scania in his honour.

In a career that spanned 57 years, he achieved an unblemished driving record, served as trade union representative, and member of the BDoY council. He received an MBE for services to public transport in the 2005 New Year’s honours.

BDoY Joe Mackie OBE paid tribute to Douglas: “Douglas was a very much respected member of the BDoY family and we all benefited from his knowledge and experience. He will be remembered as a true gentleman and friend.”

A private funeral service took place at Charnock Richard Crematorium on 29 May. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Donations can be made to Parkinson’s UK, Chorley and South Ribble Branch or Marley Court Nursing Home.