Andrew M. Stewart R.I.P

We have received the sad news that Andy Stewart, national sales manager of Mantis Cranes UK has died.

He was suddenly taken ill in late January and in spite of the best efforts of his medical team he passed away earlier this month with his family at his bedside.

Stewart joined Mantis in 2013 as a regional sales executive becoming national sales manager in 2016.

Having started out in retail in 1981 as a trainee with shoe company Oliver, he moved up through the ranks before joining electrical retailer Comet. Then in 1995 he switched to the material handling industry, becoming a sales manager with Forkway, moving on to Swire Material Handling a couple of years later, and then in 1998 Dawson Rentals where - apart from a few months with Impact Toyota – he remained for the next 14 years renting and leasing Toyota and Doosan fork trucks along with a range of aerial work platforms. After trying his hand with smoke alarms he joined Mantis and the tower crane industry never looking back.

A statement from his colleagues said: “For those who knew Andy, you will remember his laughter, generosity and of course his passion for talking, not to mention Cranes. Andy had a great desire for life and breathed positivity in everything he did. Along with being a Family Man, Andy was described as a genuine people’s person, he always appeared happiest when dealing with clients, staff or interacting with anyone who crossed his path. He was a devoted supporter of Tottenham Hotspur which evoked great rivalry with work pals.”

“Having worked at Mantis for the last seven years, he was and will always be embedded into the Mantis family. He will be greatly missed as an employee, colleague and a true genuine friend. We would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences to Andy’s wife Janette, their children and extended family at this extremely difficult time.”


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