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Bill Newman 1943-2018

6. August 2018 | Comments (4)

We have received the sad news that ex Grove/Manitowoc European service manager Bill Newman passed away on Friday, following a long illness. He was 75.

Started out working on the production line at Oxford, UK crane and equipment manufacturer John Allen – which was building truck cranes under licence from budding telescopic crane manufacturer Grove, which they sold under the Allen Grove brand name.

John Allen was acquired by Grove in 1972 changing the name to Grove Allen and then Grove Cranes Ltd. Newman stayed with the company and eventually became production manager and then service manager. After Grove acquired Coles in late 1984 and integrated it with Grove’s European business, he joined a few others to move from Grove to Krupp Crane's new operation in the UK. Grove acquired Krupp in 1995 and he was appointed as European customer service manager of the merged business, a job he held until his retirement in 2008.

Bill Newman was a thoroughly decent, honest and professional individual, he was well liked and well known throughout the UK crane industry. We will update this item and add funeral details, as soon as we hear.

Bill Newman
Bill Newman


Details for the Funeral are:
Monday 3rd September at 13:00
At Treswithian Downs Crematorium
Camborne TR14 OBX

If anyone is travelling to Cornwall to attend , could they please let
Cameron MacQuarrie of Macsalvors Plant Hire know, on 01872 277123
or, in order to help with the numbers.

let us know so we have an idea of numbers.
Falcon Lifts


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Emailed Comment
10. August 2018 10:40

I first met Bill in the Oxford days at Grove Allen in the 70?s and then thru the Sunderland days. Always knowledgeable, professional, gentleman. Sincere condolences to the family and Rest In Peace old friend.
John Bittner

Emailed Comment
10. August 2018 10:39

I met Bill when he was at Krupp. He was very helpful and a true gent. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will surely be sorely missed
Robert Law

Steve Barnett
8. August 2018 22:28

Such a very great shame. I first met Bill when Manitowoc bought Grove in 2001 and I became MD of Operations for the UK.and he was UK Service Director for Grove. He helped me a great deal. He was indeed a gentleman and very knowledgable as stated by David in his comment, he was also great fun to travel with. He was well liked both by customers and the sales and service teams alike. During the re-organisation of the U.K. entity, Bill was project manager for the new facility which was eventually built at Buckingham, a site which Bill located. Bill remained with the company until completion of the new facility before taking his well earned retirement. A great guy who i am sure is sadly missed by all who knew him. I offer my sincere condolences to his family.

David Slack
6. August 2018 19:33

I first had dealings with Bill when I worked for Sparrows when they opened a depot in Manchester in the 1970's. I continued to have dealings with Bill throughout my "craneage life" at Greenhams and finally at Crane Services. Bill was always willing to help solve crane problems and advise on industry issues.
Bill was a true gentleman who had a wealth of knowledge. He will be sadly missed. I offer condolences to his family.




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