Bus company’s tribute to young Haverhill dad

Chris Waters driving his bus
Chris Waters driving his bus
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The mother of a young father, who was killed after a Christmas party, said she was taken aback by a generous gesture from his colleagues.

Chris Waters, 26, from Haverhill was hit by a van while walking home from a Christmas Party at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Assington on December 15, 2013.

On the anniversary of his death, his colleagues at Chambers bus and coach company wore t-shirts with his face on and hung posters in all the buses with the slogan, ‘remember Chris’.

“We made an impromptu visit,” said Chris’ mother, Sharon Waters. “It was just amazing. I couldn’t believe it. It must have taken some planning.”

Malcolm Taylor, depot supervisor at Chambers, said: “The idea came from one of the drivers, Gary Tuff.

“We got the printers round the corner to blow up the picture. They did a good job.”

But this was not the only kind gesture Chris’ colleagues would show.

Drivers at the Chambers depot set up a tuck shop and donated the proceeds to a trust fund for Chris’ three year old son, Oscar.

“We had a whip round after Chris died,” said Mr Taylor. “We then set up a tuck shop. Just chocolate bars and crisps and cold drinks fro the drivers to use.

“Everything cost 50p. We’ve raised thousands of pounds this year.

“We also made a little garden with a bench and a plaque and some flowers. The drivers can go there on their time off and in their breaks.

“He was a really nice, friendly, jokey bloke. He had a wicked sense of humour.”

Chris had been working at Chambers for three years. He began as a bus driver but changed to a cleaning role so that he could spend more time with his young son.

“He washed them and then parked them up at night,” said Mr Taylor. “He loved doing it. He loved the job.

“He had the hours that suited him so he had all morning with his son. That’s why he wanted it.

“I can’t think of one person here who didn’t like Chris.”

Mrs Waters said: “It’s been incredible. I was really taken aback when they told me.

“I hardly knew Chris’ colleagues before, but they got in touch by email asking about Oscar. It was such a nice gesture.”