On the Buses writer Ronnie Wolfe dies

Creator of classic sitcom passes away after a fall, aged 89

Sad news for classic comedy fans as Ronnie Wolfe, the writer of ITV sitcom On the Buses (pictured above), died on Sunday following a fall in a care home in London. He was 89.


Wolfe enjoyed a screenwriting career that spanned almost four decades, during which time he co-wrote a string of hit British sitcoms, including The Rag Trade, Don’t Drink the Water and Yus, My Dear with his writing partner Ronald Chesney.

His wife Rose said: “It has been a really, really sad last few days and a quite horrendous and totally unexpectedly sad end for a guy who was so funny in life.

“He was the most incredible husband and we had 58 years of superb marriage harmony.

“I acted as his secretary and PA and typed and computed for him doing all the work he ever put out.”

During his career Wolfe worked with some of Britain’s favourite comics and actors, including Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Williams, Sheila Hancock, Reg Varney, Beryl Reid and Benny Hill.

His daughter, Kathryn, 55, said: “My fondest memories of my dad are that he was the funniest, most generous person I could have wished to have.

“He was funny in public with the huge legacy left behind and funny in private.

“We are going through boxes of funny letters he wrote to me as a child.

“I couldn’t have wished to have a better father.”


Ronald Chesney said: “We were together 50 years – it’s like losing my brother.”