Tributes paid to Graham - the third Larbert depot bus driver to lose his life to COVID-19

First Bus have been struck by another tragedy as they confirmed the name of the third driver from the company’s Larbert depot to die after contracting coronavirus in the space of a month.

By James Trimble
Thursday, 25th March 2021, 6:11 pm
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 7:06 pm

Graham Kemp sadly died on Sunday following a long fight against COVID-19.

Still in shock from the death of two other drivers from the Larbert depot, Andrew Jarvis, First Midland managing director, said: “I can confirm that one of our colleagues, Graham Kemp, has sadly passed away in hospital following a long battle with Coronavirus.

"Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Graham was a popular member of the Larbert team, who worked with the company for 10 years and he will be sorely missed.

Another bus driver from First's Larbert depot has sadly lost his fight against COVID-19

"We are of course offering every assistance to his family at this time as well as offering our full support to all our colleagues in the Larbert Depot. The safety of our staff and customers is always our number one priority and since the first cases were identified on site, we have worked closely with NHS Forth Valley’s Public Health department to take all necessary steps to minimise the risk of a spread of the infection with the mitigation measures we have in place.

“I would like to pay tribute to the whole team, who continue to work hard, and especially our fantastic staff, who are providing a lifeline to allow fellow key workers to access their jobs in the most difficult of circumstances.”

Graham’s fellow bus drivers Thomas Rooney and Robert Fraser died within a fortnight of each other last month.