The bus company Abus has reported the sad death of Phil Reason. Phil was a familiar face around the town and popular member of the community, driving the Keynsham to Bristol service from 1991 when he joined to company until September of last year. During that time, he is estimated to have made over 40,000 journeys on the route, making hundreds of friends along the way with his cheerful attitude and willingness to help at all times.
Indeed, he was nominated by the Bus Users UK group as Bus Driver of the Year and in 2010 was made a “Community Champion” by then MP Dan Norris. Phil was also a Level 1 qualified football referee and officiated matches in the Bristol Downs League until earlier this season.
Abus Managing Director Alan Peters said: “Phil made a huge contribution to the success of Abus and became a personal friend who will be sadly missed by all at the company.”
He is survived by his wife June and daughter Louise.
The funeral will take place on Thursday 5th March at Westerleigh Crematorium (1.30pm) and afterwards at the Keynsham Royal British Legion. A bus is being provided for anyone wishing to attend, leaving Brislington at 12.15 pm, Temple Street, Keynsham at 12.30 pm and Keynsham Church at 12.45 pm.