TRIBUTES have been paid to Solihull man Richard Crowton who has died after a short illness.
Colleagues, family and associates of the Whale Tankers’ Parts Manager said he was admired by his team and instrumental in delivering success in his role.
He joined Whale Tankers in 2014 as parts coordinator and went onto become deputy parts manager before taking over the reigns of Whale Tankers’ parts department in August 2019.
Richard helped oversee the innovative development of the Whale Parts Direct website, he and his team having worked tirelessly to enhance its user-friendliness by successfully bringing on stream an innovative ‘LIVEChat’ facility in the midst of last year’s lockdown.
Commercial director Chris Anderson said: “Having worked with Richard on an almost day-to-day basis over recent years, I will always remember him with great fondness and affection.
“He will be sorely missed by all.”
Whale Tankers’ managing director Mark Warmington said: “It is extremely difficult to put into words how highly regarded Richard was, not just by his colleagues here at Ravenshaw, but by both customers and suppliers alike.
“One of the most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working alongside, Richard had an extremely pleasant and infectious personality that made him an instant hit with all who met and knew him.
“A consummate professional, Richard thrived in working in a fast and progressive environment and was an immensely valuable member of the Whale family at Ravenshaw.
“What he achieved in such a short space of time in his role as parts manager here at Whale should not be underestimated, whilst his relentless dedication, commitment and enthusiasm were to be admired.
“His loss will undoubtedly leave a big hole in the lives of those who knew him, and our sincere condolences go to his family at such an incredibly sad time.”
Richard is survived by his wife Sonia.