Family pay tribute to Rugby man, 85, killed by bus in Hillmorton

John Perkins
John Perkins

The family of an 85-year-old man who was killed by a bus in Hillmorton have paid tribute to a ‘wonderful brother and uncle’.

The collision occurred at 12.10pm last Saturday and involved a red and white double decker bus, which was travelling from Hillmorton towards Rugby town.

John Perkins was born in Rugby and lived there all his life. He leaves behind his sisters Dorothy and Joyce, niece Judith and nephew Richard.

John was described as a very generous man and very popular in his own quiet way.

He worked as a chemical analyst at BTH before going on to teach science at Lutterworth High School for many years. He was loved by his pupils with many going on to learn science at university, and keeping in contact.

He married his wife Shelia in 1955, who passed away around 20 years later.

John took a diligent interest in local history research, and was a long time member of the local society until his eyesight deteriorated.

He was very active and enjoyed keep fit, badminton, swimming and bowls. He was looking forward to the new bowls season.

His family described how they were always very close, and how he would do anything for anyone, often mending things or fixing people’s cars. They also thanked West Mercia Police for their support following the collision.

John’s funeral will take place on Wednesday October 1 at 11.30am at Drayton Chapel, Rainsbrook Crematorium, Rugby.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or anyone who saw the bus or the pedestrian beforehand to come forward. Call 101 quoting incident number 172 of September 13.

John’s family have asked for their privacy to be respected at this sad time.