Tributes have poured in for the owner of Bassett Garage in Wiltshire, who died at the end of September after 50 years of service.
Tony Tubb established the garage with his brother in 1971.
Posting on the garage’s Facebook page, Tony’s son Steve Tubb said: “Many of our long-standing customers and people ask after my father. Very sad to say Tony passed away on the 30th of September; needless to say he will be greatly missed by myself and many others close to him.”
In response, one customer said: “Bless him, he was a lovely man and thankfully I gave him ample opportunities to be on the receiving end of his sarcasm and wit (i.e. p*** taking!!). Daimler wheel nuts to name just one. Condolences Steve. RIP Tony.”
Another customer posted: “I’m absolutely gutted. Tony MOTd my first VW camper after we restored it and my father thought the world of him.”
Steve Tubb told the Swindon Advertiser: “When my dad left school he was first an apprentice gardener at Bushton Manor, and then he was called up to do national service, which he served in Cyprus.
“After he came out of the army, he resumed his job at Bushton Manor before going to work at the agricultural factory Blanch Lely in Royal Wootton Bassett so he could make more money.
“All throughout that time he had been buying and selling used cars from home with his brother Charles and so weekends and evenings were devoted to working on cars. Eventually they managed to rent a yard in Royal Wootton Bassett in 1971, and both gave up their day jobs.”
“I joined the business age 20, having previously worked for a vintage car restoration company.”
“My Uncle Charles decided to venture into antiques and opened a shop named Tubbjoys, whilst my father and I carried on with Bassett garage which has now been trading for 52 years.
“My father will be very missed, and he has helped so many customers over several generations. We have had and still have some truly lovely customers who have been very loyal to us, and will feel his loss.”
Source: Swindon Advertiser