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COVID NEWS


TRIBUTES TO WELL-KNOWN NOTTINGHAM PHV DRIVER WHO SADLY DIED AFTER CONTRACTING COVID-19


Tributes have been paid to a ‘loving husband’ and father, known for going ‘out of his way to help others’, who died after he tested positive for coronavirus. The Nottingham Post reports that PHV driver, Rafique Meah, 57, passed away at his home on 25 January, having been diagnosed with the virus earlier in the month. His cousin, Shahin Meah, said: “He got his NHS test result back on 17 January, that was positive. He had no symptoms prior to that. He was feeling a little bit unwell, he thought it might have been linked to some other health [condition], that prompted him to go and get a test. “He was a very resilient man, he did not want to put any additional burden on the NHS. He felt as if he could have got through this, otherwise he would have admitted himself to hospital.”


Speaking of his cousin’s career, Shahin said: “In the early 1990s he began to work part-time as a PHV driver to sup- plement his in- come. It was something


he


enjoyed doing. In 2008 he went into it full-time.”


Rafique worked for Nottingham Cars and employee Haji Farooq Ali described him as a “very helpful gentleman”. Mr Ali explained Rafique had worked for Nottingham Cars for more than 30 years. “He was never picky or choosy, he was a very good driver as well. “He will be very sadly missed personal-


CONVOY OF CABBIES JOINS FUNERAL PROCESSION OF POPULAR TEESSIDE CABBIE


Taxi drivers came out to pay their respects after the sad death of a much- loved Teesside cabbie. GazetteLive reports that John Tunmore was a popular Boro Taxis driver known to many friends and colleagues as ‘Geordie John’. After moving to Teesside, the family first lived in the South Bank area before moving to Grangetown.


John died suddenly at his home on January 19, shortly after contracting coronavirus. He was just 53. A taxi driver for 38 years, he was well- known across the area and cabbies came out from across Teesside on Tuesday 26 January to pay their respects. The funeral procession travelled from his home to St Bede’s Crematorium where close family gathered for a service. His daughter Louise said it was a com-


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fort to see John’s colleagues in the funeral procession and said they were ‘shocked’ at how many turned up. John, who was divorced, was also father to John and Thomas and he was a grandfather of eight. Louise, 38, described him as “a brilliant dad, a, lovely granddad and a hard- working man”. PHTM extends our condolences to the family, friends and work colleagues of Mr Tunmore.


ly by me, I have known him for a long time and he has always been helpful.” Azeem Hanif, chair of the Nottingham branch of the App Drivers’ and Courier Union, also paid tribute. He said: “He was one of the founding members of our union, when we first formed about three-and-a-half years ago here in Nottingham. “He was very active in recruiting drivers to that union. He was a very humble man and always went out of his way to help others, especially new drivers looking to come into the profession. “He was a veteran for our industry. He was very, very well-known and very popular within the Nottingham driver community. It’s a great loss to us as a driver community. “He was extremely active and I knew him very well. It was a grave shock this morning when I heard of his passing.” Mr Hanif added: “He’s of Bangladesh heritage and he did a lot of charity work there. We had an idea to set up a GoFundMe page in his memory to build a waterwell in Bangladesh in his hon- our. We’ve already had donations of several hundred pounds.”


Click here: https://gofund.me/63a39e43


Comments left on the PHTM Facebook page demonstrate what a positive impact Mr Bhai had on the taxi trade and what a popular person he was: • “Lovely person, helped every body. He helped me few times as well. May God reward him high rank in jannah. Ameen”


• “RIP Rafique. You were a gentleman and your friendly face will be sadly missed. Jim Brough Gedling Licensing Enforcement - formerly Nottm City.” • “Great loss. Very nice person. Helped 100s of drivers in Nottingham” PHTM extends our sympathy to the family, friends and work colleagues of Mr Bhai.


FEBRUARY 2021


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