Book of Condolences
Buster Martin, Britain’s oldest worker, passed away on 12th April 2011 aged 104.
Born on 1st September 1906, Buster’s working life has spanned nine decades and a myriad of different jobs. He came out of a short retirement at the age of 97 to join Pimlico Plumbers’ vehicle maintenance team in Central London.
During his long working life Buster has turned his hand to a wide range of jobs and trades including carpentry, flooring and even a bit of plumbing! However, he is best-known for working on London market stalls, on and off, for over 60 years.
Buster’s life changed when he reached his centenary. He became a well-recognised media personality thanks to appearances on programmes like This Morning and GMTV as well as numerous radio appearances and hundreds of newspaper column inches.
In the past four years he achieved some major milestones including having a beer named after him, becoming a columnist for FHM magazine and completing the London Marathon in 2008, as well as a number of half marathons.
In 2007 he achieved musical history as part of the group ‘The Zimmers’ made up of pensioners who released, and travelled the world performing, their single ‘My Generation’ with Buster on drums! The single reached number 26 in the UK charts.
It was during the same year he fought of muggers when he was on the way home from the pub only spending one night in hospital.
Since turning 104 Buster had worked on a less frequent basis, but was still a regular sight at Pimlico Plumbers’ depot in Lambeth where he could be found in the canteen enjoying a good breakfast and a ‘Buster’s Beer’.
"Only saw you once, when our building had a fire evacuation, as you walked to work at Pimlico Plumbers. You waved and said hello to the crowd of us. We all said how remarkable you were. I still believe that. You were great and will be sadly missed. "
Barbara (Lambeth Metcall) (SW20)
"I did not know you, well done on what you did in your long life"
lorenalee (SW 19)
"Farewell Buster me ole mucca...I enjoyed our laugh and joke 2 weeks before you passed away...RIP"
Mark Wellington (London)
"sorry I did not know Buster Martin but am inspired many good wishes."
Giles Cater (chelmsford)
"I often drove the Tesco bus down Lambeth Walk past Denby Court. I remember with fondess the cheery smile and wave. Such a sad loss,you will always be remembered."
"Just seen the photos of Buster's funeral and think that he was given the send off he deserved. "
Amy Daily (Cambridge)
"I saw the procession yesterday for the funeral of Buster and was very impressed, it look like a lot of care and attention went into giving him a good send off. "
Peter Yates (London)
"Buster was really inspirational to all especially when training for the London Marathon. You will be miss by all that knew you. "
Samm and Kelly Mullins (Bromley)
"Buster truly was a legend, Lynda and Charlie"
Lynda and Charlie Mullins (London )
"I knew Buster for about thirty years. We originally met at the Trinity, then the Beehive and laterly the Crown & Sceptre. I was at the funeral. "
Jef Proudfoot (Norbury, London)
"Charlie, Eric and all staff at Pimlico. We are very sorry to hear about Buster we know you cared so much for him and looked after him very well. He was a nice man we liked him, I was glad Buster sang with The Zimmers it was good, we enjoyed him when he was with us. So once again we are very sorry for the loss of Buster we know he will be missed."
Doloris & The Zimmers
"buster i will miss u for ever , for as long as i can remember you were in my life , as a kid u lived with us for yrs always there for my mum gloria , charlie & the boys done u so proud today , a great send of darling , mum will miss u so much thank you for looking after her xxx r.i.p my lovely grandad xx thank yo charlie xx "
susan (carshalton )
"I never knew this man, but I was caught up in his possession this morning through Kennington/Oval1 I knew it had to be someone great as the fleet of cars was amazing!! May his soul rest in peace and welldone Pimlico Plumers for such a great send off, I'm really impressed."
"a sad loss of a man and an icon. i always thought that someday if our small company got big and had a fleet of vans, i would start to do the important jobs such as cleaning the fleet and keeping up morale!
""The one and only Buster" a true legend. R.I.P."
Denise's Florist (london SE1)
"R.I.P Buster, you were an inspiration to many, many people. Your determination to enjoy life and keep active right up until the very end was an example to us all."
Marcus Stead (Cardiff)
""Buster" a loss you will never recover . One of Britains finest characters , the kind London was built on . From the the heart of Scotland - Fairwell. R.I.P."
Ken Graham (Glasgow)
"Buster you are and always will be a legend"
"Charlie, Lynn and all at Pimlico so sorry to hear the bad news abot Buster. From Lynn, Billy and team Honeyrose."
Honey Rose Foundation (Warrington)
"So sorry to hear the very sad news about Buster Martin, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all."
Lynn and Billy Duffy (St Helens, Merseyside.)
"Buster will be sadly missed. He was a real old school character. Our thoughts are with you. From all at Hire 4 Lower."
Hire 4 Lower (SE11)
"I first heard about Buster in 2008 when he was preparing for the London Marathon and featured his video as part of a listening comprehension class for my Japanese university students. Was planning to feature him again this year (I still will),and was sad to learn of his recent passing. What an inspiration for living life as it comes!"
MJ Danan (Oregon USA)
"I work at a chiropractic clinic and whenever patients would say, "I just can't get myself motivated to ________" the doctor and myself would tell them to look up Buster Martin. He will continue to serve as an inspiration for some time to come! "
"RIP BUSTER YOU ARE A LEGEND!!!"
"Buster, you've been a great inspiration to me, mate. I am 26 years old and have been following you in FHM for a few years now. I have seen all your videos on YouTube and read all your articles which I can find on the net. I have all your clippings and have taken all your advice on board. Your a legend and one of a kind. You'll be sorely missed."
James Honour (Bicester, Oxfordshire)
"RIP buster will miss pushing you in and out the lift at work rest in peace and god bless"
wendy (pimlico )
"he was a dear friend of my dads and will be sadly missed"
wendy devenish (pimlico plumbers)
you will be dearly missed at pimlico plumbers"
"A great example to all of us, thank you Pimlico Plumbers for this act of remembrance. RIP Buster."
"so nice to see that there is somewhere for us to pay our respects to a great man. Thank you Buster for your 104 years and Thank you to Pimlico Plumblers for giving you the work and support you deserved"
"Buster, we'll all miss you. Have a good one up there at the pearly gate mate. "
Michael (London SE11 6EF)
"Our dearest Buster. You certainly had a huge impact on everyone you met! You were truly one of a kind and an inspiration to us all! You will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to your family. May you rest in peace. XxX"
"God bless you Buster what a great example of your generation Rest in peace"
Pimlico will not be the same without you around."
"Buster, you set an excellent example to us all. RIP"
"They don't make em like that any more, sincere condolences to his family and friends"
Val Newman (Kingston Surrey)
"RIP Buster at 104 you was a legend to all after appearing on T.V and running a marathon as well"
"we are sorry to hear about buster
may he rest in peace "
Damien McEvoy (Drumaness N.Ireland)
"RIP buster will miss your banter in canteen. miss u already.
love Tina "
This place will not be the same without you around. Keep on running up there!"
"Great Innings Buster! You certainly told it how it was. You'll be missed around here"
Ian Grover (Pimlico)
Keep on running in that great expanse of white clouds, there are more gold medals to be won up there! xx"
"RIP Buster, I will miss our chats at lunch and in the control room. God Bless. "
"Our loss is God's gain.
Rest in peace Buster."
Martin Conway (HQ)
"R.I.P Buster, you will be missed very much by everyone. "
"So sad to hear the news about Buster. He was one of life's true characters and will be sadly missed by friends and colleagues alike. "
Dominic Ceraldi (London)
"The place won't be the same without your big personality around here, have a safe journey, I'm sure you'll give the man upstairs a run for his money. God bless RIP"
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