Stuart Chorley of London based City lifting has passed away on Monday after a tough battle with cancer. He was 46.
Chorley came from a crane family, his father Tom ran Chorley lifting, which is where he got his start in the crane business. His brother Kevin now runs the business under the name KC Lifting of West Wickham in Kent.
Stuart moved from the family business to Hewden’s crane hire where he carved out a name for himself as an extremely competent salesman, lift planner and supervisor. He had a particular talent for organising complex multi crane lifts such as the six crane lift of the entire 80 metre long roof for the giant marquee in which the channel tunnel link was celebrated in late 2007. Click here to see Hewden lifts the roof
In 2008 he moved to City Lifting in London where he was a valuable member of the mobile crane hire team. He set up the company’s lift planning system and was again responsible for organising some of the more challenging lifts.
His current illness began in February when he had a major tumour removed, and began to make a recovery, only to be hit by it again around two months ago. He leaves behind a wife and young family.
The family has not yet had time to consider the funeral arrangements but further details of will be published here when we have them.
We can now confirm that the funeral will be held on Wednesday January 5th at 2.30pm at St Marys church in Westerham, Kent.
His widow has said that any friends and colleagues from his career as a crane man are most welcome to attend in order to pay their respects. The family has also asked that in place of flowers, well wishers dontate to the Hospice in the Weald, where he spent his last days. Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/stuartchorley