Ipswich bus driver Goldie who was ‘best dad in the world’ dies aged 71
PUBLISHED: 19:00 13 October 2020 | UPDATED: 15:56 14 October 2020
A father-of-four who spent more than 30 years behind the wheel of Ipswich buses has died at the age of 71.
David Goldsmith, known by many as ‘Goldie’, died in a nursing home on Saturday, October 3 after suffering with heart and kidney failure.
The beloved father-of-four, who was described by his youngest son Jordan as the “best dad in the world”, became a well-known figure in Ipswich having worked as a bus driver since leaving school.
Mr Goldsmith was born in the town in 1949 and grew up in a three-bedroom house in Reynolds Road, where he was one of 10 children.
He went to Landseer Secondary Modern School, which was an all boys school in the 1950s, and shortly after leaving he trained as a bus driver.
His daughter Christa Lockyer said her dad had “always been a bus driver” and fondly remembers sleeping on the back seat of the coach while he was working.
She said she loved to see him as ‘Goldie’ on the buses – as that was when he was at his happiest.
Mr Goldsmith started his career by working for JDW Coaches in Ipswich, then Ipswich Buses before picking up passengers along route 66 for First Eastern Counties.
He spent more than 30 years as a bus driver and retired around 15 years ago.
Mr Goldsmith leaves behind four children, Christa, 48, Justin, 46, Jonathan, 27, and Jordan, 18. He also leaves behind his best friend of more than 20 years, Nikki Reason, who he spent a lot of time with.
Jordan, 18, who cared for Mr Goldsmith in his final days, said he was “the best dad in the world”. The pair were very close and lived together in Colchester for the last nine years.
He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Holly, 25, Jack, 23, Ollie, 10, Megan 27, and Aiden, 24, along with two great-grandchildren who he loved dearly.
Christa, who is the eldest of Mr Goldsmith’s children, said: “Dad was a lovely little man, who could always stand up for himself.
“He was a real people person, he was always smiling, very considerate and always helped the elderly passengers on and off the buses.
“Everyone loved him and he loved his job, even if it was long hours.”
In his spare time, Mr Goldsmith loved pigeon racing and playing both darts and snooker.
His funeral will take place on Wednesday, October 28 at the Chapel of Rest in Ipswich.
Mr Goldsmith’s daughter Christa said he loved flowers, so if anyone would like to send some on the day they can send them to the Chapel of Rest, 32 Boss Hall Road, Ipswich IP1 5BN.
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