We have received the sad news that UK veteran crane operator Colin Parks passed away last week. He was 66 years old.
With over 40 years of experience in the crane industry, Parks was described as a true gentleman and was described as always willing to help, something he did for many during his time in the industry.
He began his career as a motor mechanic, before joining a local building firm in Barrow-in-Furness, north west England, which happened to have an eight tonne Hydracon Masksman truck crane, which fuelled his passion for cranes. There he met a man named Gary, a career long friend who later persuaded Parks to join Hewden Stuart. After 40 years with Hewden, Ainscough Crane Hire - incidentally on its first 250 tonner then later its first 500 tonner - and latterly Weldex. During that time he worked his way up from the Hydracon to a 1,350 tonne Liebherr LR 11350 crawler crane.
He is survived by wife Rose, daughter Nicola and son Andrew.
His funeral will be held on 8th October at Barrow-in-Furness crematorium, commencing at 12:15.