Former Halifax Corporation manager and OBE winner dies, aged 88

Geoffrey Hilditch, who died at the age of 88, was a former general manager for the Halifax Corporation bus department
Geoffrey Hilditch, who died at the age of 88, was a former general manager for the Halifax Corporation bus department

A man whose name adorned Halifax buses in the 1960’s and 70’s has died at the age of 88.

A former Halifax Corporation manager and OBE winner, Geoffrey Hilditch, died in his Devonshire home.

Mr Hilditch was the last surviving Halifax Passenger Transport general manager.

He was well-known - his name was on the sides of the buses of the company he worked for and he played a major role in the town’s passenger transport scene after becoming manager in 1963.

Mr Hilditch’s technical skills enabled him to develop the Dennis Dominator bus and helped pioneer bus services for the disabled - which saw him being rewarded with an OBE for services to the bus industry.

Geoffrey continued his links with the transport industry when he became a prolific writer of transport related books.

He is survived by his son, Christopher, who is also in the bus industry, daughter Diane and his grandchildren. His funeral was held at Saddleworth. And as a fitting tribute, two preserved Halifax Corporation buses transported family and guests to the wake.