Tributes to former police inspector and bus fan

Paul Gilroy
Paul Gilroy

A former police inspector who ran a successful vintage-bus business has died, aged 57.

Paul Gilroy, from Alnwick, passed away peacefully in hospital with his family around him on Monday.

He was husband to Claire, father to Sarah, Zoë and the late Robert, grandfather to Kaitlyn, Teddy and Harry, and brother to David.

Paul loved the great outdoors, was a keen sportsman with an eye for cricket, and was an enthusiastic and talented musician. He was the proud owner of many guitars which he played in various bands over the years, adding saxophone into the mix on several occasions.

As a youngster, he developed a keen interest in all things vehicular and mechanical, especially buses and trucks.

At 16, he did a mechanical engineering apprenticeship and acquired his first small moped.

He went on to own numerous motorcycles and competed in the Isle of Man Manx Grand Prix multiple times.

At 18, Paul joined Northumbria Police, going on to serve for 32 years, many of them on Motor Patrols, retiring at the rank of Inspector in 2010.

A lifelong bus enthusiast, he bulked out his extensive model bus collection with real buses by co-running Dreadnought Coaches with wife Claire; running nine vintage, classic and open-top buses for private hire, weddings and the Alnwick Sightseeing Tour.

For the last seven years, Paul continued his passion for vehicles by becoming a HGV driver, travelling nationwide.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at Whitley Bay Crematorium, on Friday, May 12, at 2.30pm.

Family flowers only, but donations in lieu, if desired, to The League of Friends of the Alnwick Hospitals. A collection box will be available following the service.