Percy Davis was the first of the three partners to die, on 19th May 1964 aged 56, and he is buried in St Andrews churchyard in Bloxworth.
Next to go to the big bus garage in the sky in 1970 was the firm's Managing Partner for many years, Bill Ironside.
This left the firm in the hands of the original founder Reg Toop, who as last of the three partners died in 1973.
Reg is remembered by Mervyn House of Mid-Dorset Coaches as someone who would help anybody.
Following Reg's death, during the 1970's and 1980's, whilst the trading name remained Bere Regis & District, the operating licences were held in the name of 'the trustees of R W Toop deceased'.
Reg's widow Ethel left the day-to-day management of the business in the capable hands of Traffic Manager Maurice Crocker (who died in 1982) and General Manager Ray Roper, both of whom had worked for the firm for many many years.
One Ford Model T 14 seater - from these humble beginnings on 29th October 1929 this organisation grew to be the largest independent operator in the county of Dorset in postwar years.
The initial routes operated by founder Reg Toop were four in number, namely Bere Regis - Kingston - Zelstone - Poole, Bere Regis - Wareham, Bere Regis - Bloxworth - Wimborne and Zelstone - Bere Regis - Dorchester.
In 1930 two Chevrolets joined the fleet to supplement the Model T.
In the same year Toop acquired the market day routes of James Ironside of Winfrith, running from Winfrith to Wareham on Thursdays, Dorchester on Wednesdays and Saturdays and a Saturday service to Weymouth.
In March 1936 the daily route between Poole, Morden, Bloxworth, Bere Regis and Dorchester, established by Israel Davis of Bloxworth in 1926, was brought into the growing business when his son Percy Davis joined with Toop to form a partnership.
A few months later Bill Ironside (whose father's routes from Winfrith had been acquired by Toop six years earlier) also joined the business as a partner.
Between them the three partners, Reg Toop, Percy Davis and Bill Ironside, expanded the fledgling enterprise - largely by acquisition of other businesses, especially during the Second World War - from pre-war market day services to an extensive post-war rural and interurban network with regular daily routes serving Dorchester, Sherborne, Yeovil, Sturminster Newton, Shaftesbury, Blandford and Poole.
Their 1949 timetable booklet showed the complete network of thirty five routes - some ran daily and some ran once a week to market.