Popular character Neville Hymus, who recently died as he was about to attend a Buckingham Palace garden party, was called the ‘best lollipop man in the world’ by the headteacher of Stanfield School, Crosby in a letter she wrote to parents paying tribute to him.
The 67-year-old was well known in the community and for years used to help youngsters from Merchant Taylor’s Junior School (better known as Stanfield School) and Sacred Heart Catholic College cross the busy Liverpool Road.
He died outside Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, May 23 where he had been about to attend a ceremony in recognition of his services to the community. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour last year.
Stanfield School headteacher Julie Yardley wrote in her later to parents: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Neville, the ‘best lollipop man in the world’ died, following a short fight against cancer.
“Neville was on his way to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, an invitation presented to him, in recognition of his years of dedicated service to our local community, including his extensive charity work.
“Neville was nominated for an award by Mr Coyne, of Coyne Learmonth Solicitors, opposite our school.
“Neville was very excited to receive the invitation, eagerly anticipating the day, and whilst it is a shame that he did not get to the Garden Party, he had laughed and enjoyed his train journey to London, before dying peacefully in a London taxi; “Neville was always one to do things his own way.
“Neville brought joy to our lives.
“A highly intelligent and sensitive gentleman, he touched all of our lives by his generosity, his warmth and his enthusiasm for a life, well lived.
“His final journey to meet the Royal Family was a fitting end to an extraordinary life, lived by a very special human being.
“Thank you Neville for everything, ‘Rest in Peace’, and love from us all.”