Tributes to caring rail boss
TRIBUTES have been paid to respected city railway manager who made sure the trains ran on time for thousands of passengers – including the Queen.
Charles Milner - who was area manager at Peterborough station between 1973 and 1983 - died on May 23 from prostate cancer.
Mr Milner (87), of Bainton, had several brushes with royalty in his career. Once, he found the Queen huddled by the coal fire in his office waiting for a Royal train back to London. Prince Philip said the monarch was cold and asked if they could board an early train home.
Paying tribute to his father, Philip Milner said: “He was always meeting the Queen. He must have met her half a dozen times, as they had the royal train in those days.”
He said his father was a kind, quiet man who loved his job and commanded respect from his 600 staff.
Frank Rylott (77), from Bourne, worked with Mr Milner as an area administration officer in Peterborough. He said: “He was the most caring man I have come across. Not everyone knew it but he helped a lot of people. He never forgot anybody and remembered names and faces.”
Mr Milner was born in 1923 in Middlesbrough and began his railway career as a clerk. When the Second World War broke out, he became a wireless telegraphist in the Navy, working on torpedo boats which attacked enemy convoys and ran agents to Norway and France. He received a distinguished service medal for his efforts,
When war ended in 1945, Charles married Betty and worked as a station master across Yorkshire, before arriving in Peterborough in the 1970s.
Outside work, he founded the Coastal Forces Veterans’ Association and liked to tour the country in a caravan with Betty. The couple, married for 65 years, had two grandsons, Edward and Andrew and a great-grandson Charlie.
His funeral will take place tomorrow at 2.30pm at Peterborough Crematorium. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Marie Curie Cancer Care, the Railway Benefit Fund, Coastal Forces Heritage Fund or Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.
CARING: Charles Milner.