Tributes paid to Sudbury cabbie who died suddenly

Former Sudbury taxi firm owner David Joseph has died suddenly. Pictured in Portugal. ANL-160512-170753001
Former Sudbury taxi firm owner David Joseph has died suddenly. Pictured in Portugal. ANL-160512-170753001

Tributes have been paid to a former Sudbury taxi-firm owner who died suddenly on Thursday.

David Joseph moved to the Sudbury area with his family in 1973. He worked at Cannon in Glemsford, Grabor Plastics and Armorex for a number of years.

In the early 1990s he became proprietor of Atobcars. One of the first drivers who came to work for him was Tina who he married in 1996. Together they ran the company together for 20 years, before selling the business last year.

Even after celebrating his 80th birthday earlier this year, David continued to work as a taxi driver.

His step-daughter Laura said: “He will be remembered by many customers for his generous spirit.

“He was very kind. Although he wasn’t my father he was a real dad to me, he was very caring.”

As well as his wife Tina, David leaves two daughters, Lucy and Tess, step-daughter Laura and three grandchildren.

“He was so proud of his grandchildren, Amelia, Joe and Zach,” added Laura. “His favourite thing was to see the three of them getting along together - and to see the three of them enjoying one of his roast dinners.”

Other interests included watching Tottenham Hotspur and holidaying in Portugal with friends and family.

The funeral takes place at West Suffolk Crematorium on December 19 from 9.45am.