We have received the sad news that Craig Morelli, compliance & quality manager at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) has died following a short illness, having been diagnosed in June with Sporadic CJD, a rare degenerative prion disease that affects the brain. He was only 53.
He had been with the LEEA since 2011, joining as training officer, moving up to senior training officer in 2014 and then taking on his most recent job in 2018. He began his career in 1987 with the British army as a recovery mechanic, completing 24 years of service before joining the LEEA.
A statement from the LEEA said: “Craig was a consummate professional, meticulous and conscientious in every role that he performed. Many lifting equipment professionals around the world have been trained and mentored by him over the years. He was passionate about our industry and rightly, was extremely proud of his role in lifting standards and increasing safety.”
“Craig will be missed enormously by all of us. We will recognise and celebrate the immense contributions he has made, and he will always be very fondly remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Maxine, and his family at this very sad time.”
Donate in Craig’s memory to the charity supporting the work of the University College London, which is currently working on the treatment and cure for CJD as well as increasing awareness and understanding of the disease.