A FUNERAL has taken place of the man who started one of Ashbourne’s best known coach operators.
David Glover lost his battle with cancer this month at the age of 78 and his funeral, at St Oswald’s Church in Mayfield Road, saw the church filled with his friends, family and contacts.
Mr Glover, of St Oswald’s Crescent, is best known for his fleet of coaches, which grew to 12 during the time he ran the business, based in Ashbourne’s industrial estate.
His company was taken over by local bus firm Masons when he and his wife, Pat, retired in 2003 but the name was retained and Mr Glover’s legacy will live on in the large blue ‘Glovers’ lettering that can be seen on the coaches and buses across the Ashbourne area.
Mr Glover’s connection with buses began when he started doing odd jobs for his former school bus driver, Mr Carter, and he started helping him run his fleet of buses, doing odd jobs in his spare time and learning the ropes.
On leaving school Mr Glover took on a job as a farm labourer and started driving lorries when his first daughter arrived to help pay the bills - running a taxi on the side.
determined to run his own firm, he convinced Mr Carter to let him have a bus for a year to see if he could make it pay and, two years later, he was running two buses and his wife was helping with what was becoming a fast-growing concern.
After Mr Carter passed away Mr Glover moved his growing company, which had been based in Hales Green, to the industrial estate and it blossomed into the instantly recognisable brand that can be seen on the town’s roads today.
Mr Glover leaves his wife, two daughters and his seven grand children.