Richard Lee Proffitt, the Manassas man killed in an accident this week at Prince William County schools’ transportation lot in Bristow, was part of a family of school bus drivers.
Proffitt, 62, had been driving a school bus since 2010. His wife, Laura, and his adult daughter, Caitlin Weaver, are also employed as bus drivers for Prince William County schools, Weaver said this morning.
The family has requested privacy since the Feb. 5 accident but have confirmed the validity of a GoFundMe page launched by a family friend to raise money to help with funeral expenses.
Organizer Deana Moreno called Proffitt “an amazing dad and grandpa.”
“His smile and his laugh were always seen and always heard. He loved his family and loved to make people laugh,” Moreno wrote on the GoFundMe page. “He had a smile that rarely left his face. He enjoyed selling eggs in addition to working as a bus driver to help support his family even more.”
“You could always talk to Richard,” she added. “He loved his family and his grandchildren were his world.”
Proffitt was killed on the job at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, when he was struck by a school bus backing out of a service bay at the McCuin Transportation facility on Piney Branch Lane in Bristow, according to Prince William County police reports.
Schools were delayed for two hours that morning because of icy conditions, but police say there is no indication the incident was weather-related.
The accident remains under investigation.