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Stuart Chorley 1964 – 2010

Stuart Chorley of London based City lifting has passed away on Monday after a tough battle with cancer. He was 46.
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Stuart Chorley

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


I immigrated to Kampala,Uganda,last September, to marry a young Lady,I first met some 5 years ago,while living in Crawley.When she made contact with me,I had no hesitation of moving here.I just happened,by chance, to find out a little bit about the good old times,when this terrible news hit me in the face,like a Brick.I worked at Hewden with Stuart and he was one of the nicest Guys that you could ever want to work with.My Father,Bob Lawson,knew Tom Chorley for many years and I knew Kevin for a very long time.I cannot express enough sadness in reading this sad loss and hope that he will rest in peace.

Feb 1, 2011

I can't express my sadness at hearing this news.
I worked closely with Stuart at Hewden in the mid-2000s.
He was a wonderful colleague and a true professional with no 'side'. Above all, Stuart had a great sense of humour ; we shared many a laugh which is how I'll always remember him.
My deepest sympathies to his family.

Jan 13, 2011

Derek Shale
I was privileged to have Stuart work for me during my time as National Product Manager with Hewden. His natural, honest manner with colleagues and customers alike made him stand out from the rest.
It is so vey sad to hear of the passing of such a tallented crane man and the whole industry will miss his skills.
My thoughts and condolences go to his family at a very sad time.

Derek Shale

Dec 31, 2010

I was sad to hear that a great colleague I had the most respect for when I worked at Hewden had passed away recently, he showed me a number of things within the crane industry and it was never a problem for him to talk to you when you were stuck on any crane matters, a true gent and a great friend who will be sadly missed by many, I would like to say that he will never be forgotten by me or all the other people he worked with as he had the knack of befriending any one he came in to contact with.


Dec 24, 2010

I had the good fortune to know Stuart very well over the last few years. And, while we didn't work side by side every day, we always managed to be able to share our projects without compromise or with either of us worrying about competition.

This kind of colleague is a rare breed; it seems that very few people know how to share in life, to be able to talk with you without the need to feed their own ego, he was the last person who would feel the need to demonstrate that others are beneath them even though I can honestly say he was peerless in his field of expertise.

Stuart became more than a colleague; he became my friend and I am truly sorry to lose his friendship.

My thoughts are with his family at this incredibly sad time.

Melvyn Rogers

Dec 24, 2010

Stuart, what a great man,devoted to his family
and his Job!
Sadly missed but never forgotten.

Andy Wulff

Dec 24, 2010

Stuart was a valued collegue and friend and was always there when you needed help or advice.

My heart goes out to his wife and his family.
He will be greatly missed by myself and the team at City Lifting.
Rest in peace mate.


Dec 22, 2010
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