Colin Morris had worked at Bridgnorth Cliff Railway for 20 years and the owner Malvern Tipping said he was a man who remained “unflappable in times of crisis”.
His funeral was held on Monday and Mr Tipping has since paid tribute to his former employee, who died in December.
Mr Tipping said: “Colin was a very diligent and reliable member of staff, who was well respected and liked by colleagues and passengers alike.
“He always retained a sense of humour and remained unflappable in times of crisis.
“We shall miss him very much and are still in a state of shock that this should have happened to Colin, especially as he consciously tried to take all the necessary precautions to reduce Covid-19 contamination risk.
“Our thoughts go out to his widow and family.”
About a third of staff at the railway stepped down last year due to concerns over contracting Covid from passengers.
Determined to reach the 20-year milestone, Colin retired on September 1 which was his 20th anniversary at the service.
Originally he had been a relief driver as well as a night porter at the hotel in Alveley.
Having retired from the hotel, Colin became a regular member of the cliff railway’s staff from December 2012 and colleagues say he had remained a “very fit and active 68-year-old” upon retiring last year.