Convoy of lorries rolls through Leicester to mark funeral of 'gentle giant' truck driver

A convoy of lorries paraded through Leicestershire ahead of the funeral service of a ‘popular’ and ‘well-respected’ ex-truck driver. Haydn Squires from Leicester passed away at the age of 86 on November 19, this year. Richard Squires, one of his two sons who is also truck driver, led the convoy from the Leicester Forest East services to the Gilroes Cemetary yesterday, Friday December 11 – where Haydn’s funeral took place.

As a teenager, Haydn joined the National Service, during which he met Prince Philip. He left the service during his mid-twenties and became a lorry driver.

He worked in haulage for more than 40 years and established a family-owned transport company, Squires Logistics, which he ran with his two sons, and became a well-respected and much loved member of the trucking community in Leicestershire. Haydn, who stood at 6ft 3ins, was described by his son, Richard as a “gentle giant”.

“He was a jolly bloke,” Richard said.

Convoy of lorries rolls through Leicester to mark funeral of 'gentle giant' truck driverFamily and friends paid their respects to the father-of-three on December 11 2020.

It has been a “difficult year” for the family after Richard lost his mum, Haydn’s wife, in March and his mother-in-law. “We wanted this to be a good send-off for dad,” Richard said. The convoy was organised by Mark Read – a close friend of Richard.

“Richard’s dad was a lovely bloke ‘Big Haydn’ was what we used to call him. “He was a very respected man and he was always proud of family,” Mark said. Haydn leaves behind three children, Richard, Darren and Yvette, as well as nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A day before his passing, he learned that he had another great-grandchild on the way.

Mark joined the parade of lorries that followed the hearse to Gilroes Cemetary before a final farewell to Haydn.