We have received the sad news that UK crane rental industry veteran David Lane has passed away following a short illness.
Lane began his crane career with G W Sparrows & Sons in the mid 1960s as a hire controller at the company’s Gloucester depot. In 1969 he was promoted to open a new depot for the company in Doncaster and quickly established himself in Yorkshire. His reputation grew to the point where he was recruited by Hewden Stuart, where he took on his first sales role. He was then asked to move to Stockton on Tees to open a new Hewden crane depot, where he was soon adopted as a ‘Teesider’, which in those days was no easy task for someone who was clearly identified as a southerner as soon as he opened his mouth and spoke. He even became a Middlesbrough supporter!
He went on to hold various senior sales roles, including opening a group sales office in London which played a key role in establishing Hewden - which in those days was predominantly a Scottish and North of England business - with the major industrial/petrochemical industry which was centred in London.
He retired in 2012 and has since enjoyed a number of trips, travelling with his wife Yvonne both in the UK and overseas, including Australia. He was diagnosed with cancer only a month ago and passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, surrounded by his family. He is survived by wife Yvonne, children Simon, Debbie, Becky and Emma along with four grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held on Monday 26th November at 12:00 in St Cyr's Church, Church Lane, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 3QP. The service will be followed by a celebration of his life at the Gloucester Rugby Club, Kingsholm, just as he had requested it, in the hope that everyone would meet up at the rugby ground to have a drink on him.
Family flowers only please. A donation can be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action, c/o Cooperative Funeral care, 26 High Street, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, GL10 2NA.