End of the road for Roger

PUBLISHED: 16:31 11 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:28 10 June 2010

MONDAY, AUGUST 11: IT'S a case of all change at Exmouth Bus Station after friends and colleagues bade a fond farewell to a popular bus conductor following his early retirement after more than 40 years. In what is the end of an era Roger Clements recently completed an incred

IT'S a case of all change at Exmouth Bus Station after friends and colleagues bade a fond farewell to a popular bus conductor following his early retirement after more than 40 years.In what is the end of an era Roger Clements recently completed an incredible 41 years and three months on the buses at a time when the old bus station may be soon swept aside for a new transport interchange.Roger started his career in a bygone era when conductors occupied every bus - he joined as a conductor with Exeter City Transport in April 1967 at just 18 years old. He became a bus driver in September 1970 aged 20, and progressed quickly to one man operated vehicles.In 1971, when Exeter City Transport turned into Devon General and then the National Bus Company, Roger transferred to the old depot in Heavitee Road - beside the swimming baths.In 1976 he moved with his wife Ann to Exmouth and the Exmouth depot.In 1987 he was promoted to relief controller then controller and eventually senior driver in 1991.In January he requested early retirement, by which time, he was an active member of the Trade Union, holding positions with the TGWU and RMT, representing his colleagues.Operations controller Bob Blyth said: "Roger was always a likable member of staff and will be missed by all his colleagues - but, that said, we all wish Roger a long and enjoyable retirement.

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