Tributes to former lorry driver who died after positive Covid test

Abdul Shakoor

Abdul Shakoor from Manor Park died at Newham University Hospital on February 7. - Credit: Asif Shakoor

Tributes have been paid to a man credited as Britain's first south Asian class one HGV driver.

Abdul Shakoor from Manor Park died at Newham University Hospital on February 7 after testing positive for Covid-19 and contracting pneumonia.

Mr Shakoor's son, Asif, said: 'He loved travelling and had many interesting stories to tell.

"He left me many loving memories. He was a sincere hearted person and had a simple character."

Abdul Shakoor

In a 32-year long career behind the wheel, Mr Shakoor drove across Europe. - Credit: Asif Shakoor

Mr Shakoor was born in 1949. He grew up an orphan and settled in the UK in 1954. He had lived in Manor Park since 1980.


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He went on to train as an HGV driver, sitting a test at Purfleet Test Centre on July 7, 1976.

Asif said that by passing his father became the UK's first South Asian class one HGV driver. 

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Mr Shakoor delivered for Hovis in Forest Gate, Tate & Lyle Sugars, Britvic Drinks and Eddie Stobart, both in Beckton.

In November, 2008 a minor stroke ended his 32-year long driving career.

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