Sadly, we must report the death of another DaC driver, Tibor Hajdar (C39)
who died on March 26. He had been with Dial-a-Cab since April 1989. He was
also well known for running the Royal Oak Savings Club for a few years with
his friend Jim. His daughter Angela has written an obituary for Call Sign...
My mother and I are finding this all so very difficult to deal with as it
came as such a shock.
My father was born in January 1942 in a town called Gyor in
Hungary. He was one of five children who arrived in this country to find a
better life during the 1956 revolution with Russia. He stayed in refugee
camps before finding housing in East London.
He began his working life as a hairdresser where he met his
wife of nearly forty years, my mother Kay. During those early years he
successfully owned two shops, one in Leytonstone and one in Aberfeldy
Street, Poplar that he and mum ran for over 30 years.
He decided on a change of career in the 70's and started the
Tibor with Kay on a recent holiday
Knowledge while keeping up his hairdressing and family duties.
He was a very active man and a keen water skier. Every Sunday, a crowd of us
would go down to Sheerness with our boats and have a fantastic time skiing
and having mud fights!
Some years ago he also set himself the task of learning to fly.
He achieved it and gained his pilot's licence. He loved taking his family
and their young children for flying experiences from Southend airport. Most
recently, he became a self taught computer expert and set up communication
links with his cousins in Hungary, also establishing Video Conferencing
which brought great fun and even closer ties with his family. He continued
to visit Hungary at least once a year and was always ready to help any
family member in need - whether in the UK or Hungary.
He travelled to Africa, Caribbean, the USA and most recently to
India. Many of the photos of his adventures record the fun he and his family
had on these trips.
He had two grandchildren whom he adored and who will miss him
immensely as he was always there with his guidance, wisdom and wit - he told
many a bad joke! He was such a loving, wise, hard-working, unjudgemental and
caring person and will be very sorely missed. There is so much more to say
about this great man, however I am finding it very difficult to continue but
I hope this will give DaC drivers who knew dad, an insight into his life.