We have received the sad news that Swiss crane veteran Leo Clausen-Gerold died on March 4th after a long illness. He would have been 82 next month.
Leo Clausen laid the foundation for his crane rental company Clausen Kran in 1969 when he purchased a tracked excavator and set up as an excavation contractor in the town of Brig, with his wife Marie-Therese Clausen-Gerold, who died from cancer in 2004. They acquired their first crane, a 15 tonne PPM 1507, in 1972 and in the years that followed continued to add larger cranes to the fleet. Today the company's flagship crane is a 250 tonne Liebherr LTM 1250-5.1.
In 2002 Leo Clausen handed over day to day management of the business to the next generation in the form of Geri and Cornelia Clausen. The company has become a specialist for alpine lifting and has used its 60 tonne telescopic crawler cranes to great effect installing cable car stations at high mountain elevations.
The company issued the following message: "Words cannot describe how touched we are to hear how much love and appreciation others had for Leo, and who grieve with us and will miss him. Thank you very much for all of great sympathy. We are so proud to be able to continue Leo's and Marie-Therese's life's work."
The family funeral took place last Saturday. If you wish to do something nice in Leo’s honour please make a donation to the retirement home Englischgruss - Leben im Alter in Brig-Glis.