We heard the devastating news this morning that access industry veteran Alastair Robertson, owner of Universal Equipment in Glenn Ellyn, near Chicago passed away last night in hospital, following several weeks of illness.
Alastair Robertson was born in South Africa and studied in the UK and then in 1980 he moved to the USA where he began working in a sales role with Simon. He later moved to Economy Engineering which was acquired by Snorkel before joining Grove Manlift in Pennsylvania in the mid 1980s, as a key member of its senior North American sales team. His next stop was Skyjack, before joining the JLG dealer in Chicago - S and R Equipment in 1991. In the mid 1990s he began working with Dealer Alliance in Rockford, Illinois and sold products from a range of manufacturers including Niftylift and Aichi, setting up his own aerial work platform sales business Universal Equipment in 1998.
He suffered a stroke and underwent a major heart operation some 10 to 12 years or so ago, but bounced back and continued to work and travel more than many half his age. He would pop up at exhibitions from China to France, the UK and all over Asia, keeping an eye out for a new product or innovation. He loved the industry and most of all the people. He knew everyone and was a huge source of knowledge and information and sometimes a little gossip - but was much loved on a truly global basis. He will be truly missed all over. He was a man you simply could not but like. He had a great sense of humour, a smile and a laugh that would light up the room and always had time to stop and talk. He lived life to the full and was never too busy to talk or listen.
He leaves behind his wife Beth and sons Glenn, Struan and Brent, and daughter Keri. Glenn and Brent not only joined him in the business, but helped move it forward, something he was always very proud of. He was only 69.
We will of course update this item with a more fitting tribute to one of life’s good guys once we have had the chance to speak to the family etc..
Rest in peace Alastair.
A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on Friday, February 8th between 16:00 to 20:00, with a remembrance ceremony at 19:00.
At the Hyatt Lodge,
2815 Jorie Boulevard,
In place of flowers the family has requested any donations go to the Re:New Project for Refugee Women www.renewproject.org