Gilles Marchand R.I.P

We have received the extremely sad news that French crane veteran Gilles Marchand passed away yesterday afternoon, following a five year battle with cancer.

With more than 45 years in the crane market, he first came to prominence as sales manager with Coles France, becoming assistant general manager in the early 1980s. Coles France was acquired by Grove in 1985 and he became involved with the Grove Manlift product line, taking an even more significant role within the company as it became Grove Coles France, Grove France and then Manitowoc. When managing director André Faes retired, Marchand naturally took over as president of the company.
Gilles Marchand

After retiring from Manitowoc in 2007 he decided that he missed the crane business and started up his own used crane business, Standup in 2009. However he had plenty of hobbies, in particular sailing, in fact he was very active in the Île de Noirmoutier yacht club where he was a vice president until his illness prohibited it.

His funeral will take place on Friday, November 8th at 14:30 at the Church of L'Herbaudière, on the Île de Noirmoutier in south west France.

Gilles Marchand was a true gentleman and total professional, and a great man in his own quiet and self depreciating way. Consistent, thoughtful and a sheer pleasure to spend time with. The industry has lost one of the good guys. Our thoughts go out to his wife Liz and family.


Paul Richards
Very sad news, Gilles and I did a lot of business together on behalf of Grove Coles France "back in the day", and he was great company and a pleasure to spend time with.
My sincere condolences to his family. Repose en paix Gilles.

Nov 8, 2019

Great colleague and a true Gentleman. I am gratefull to know him. R.I.P. Gabi

Nov 7, 2019

Sad news. A true crane guy and professional. Sail on Gilles, R.I.P.

Nov 7, 2019

Steve Barnett
RIP Gilles, a true gentleman and a really nice guy. A real giant of the crane industry..

Nov 6, 2019

Ian James
It was always a pleasure to spend time with Gilles. He really was one of the good guys and will be missed.
Ian James

Nov 6, 2019

It's so sad to read this, great guy, good friend and colleague. Rest in Peace Gilles. Bill Green

Nov 6, 2019
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