Nicholas George Davin 1945 - 2020
We have received the sad news this morning that Ireland’s veteran aerial lift entrepreneur and past president of IPAF Nicholas Davin passed away yesterday, he was 75 at the start of the month.
Nicholas Davin owned and managed Aerial Platform Hire and entered the access market in the late 1970s after winning a long term boom lift rental contract.
He signed up as a JLG dealer in January 1980 and has been active ever since, both running a rental business and a successful sales operation from the company’s locations in Clane, County Kildare and Mallow, County Cork. 40 years later the company still represents JLG throughout Ireland. One of the manufacturers oldest European dealers.
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Nicholas Davin (L) with Craig Paylor in 2010
He had been battling with cancer for the past couple of years but had the 'all-clear' late last year. He leaves behind wife Liza, daughters Kay, Eleanor and Elizabeth, and two grandsons.
Karel Huijser, of JLG said: "I am saddened to hear the news that Nicholas Davin, founder and Managing Partner of Access Platform Sales and Aerial Platform Hire in Ireland, and one of JLG's very first distributors in the Europe, Africa & Middle East region, passed away on the 11th of March. In memory of Nicholas, I will remember our encounters over the past years, his passionate personality and tenacity in running his business, his loyalty to JLG, as well the pride he took in representing our brand in the market. My thoughts are with his close family and loved ones."
Nicholas Davin was truly one of a kind and certainly had the ‘gift of the gab’ and loved the industry, even if from time to time he would get frustrated with poor rental rates or pricing discipline, or any policy from JLG that he considered to be overly 'corporate'.
He was a true character, and many will miss the way he would pass on news or comment on something he thought was ludicrous. We will certainly miss his phone calls to the office, to pass on a tip-off or suggest we investigate s particular issue.