Annual Dinner July 2015 Award Announcements
On the evening of our Annual Dinner it was our great pleasure to bestow on one of our members a Life Membership Certificate in appreciation of his long service and dedication to Cawa.
The recipient commenced operating a 6tonne JEC mobile crane for “Rinaldi and Patroni” way back in the 1969. He then graduated to an 8tonne BHB and Cap crane and continued in this employment until the company ceased operation in the early eighties.
In 1984 he and a friend decided to form a partnership and start their own Crane Hire company to fill the gap left by the previous company.
Starting out with great trepidation and plenty of enthusiasm with two small cranes and a new company name they proceeded to look for opportunities and offer a friendly and reliable service to their customers.
The company grew and they purchased new cranes which were always parked in a large shed to keep them in prestige condition.
In 1987 his partner decided to purchase his own crane and sold out his share in the business.
It was now time to bite the bullet and push ahead with more equipment and, as his son told us, talked him into being part of the company and he joined in 1997 as a crane operator to help his father out and they remain possibly the only Father and Son Crane owners and operators in WA today.
At 72 and a half years old this is a great track record. Retirement – Not likely according to his son.
Married for 46 years to Joy with 3 boys, our 2015 Life Member has been a member of CAWA for over 30 years and in that time he has participated on the Executive Committee and regularly attended the General meetings to give support and advice to the membership.
He has worked hard and built up his company to 9 quality cranes ranging from 12tonne Tom Thumps to the new Terex 55tonne All Terrain, these are all a credit to his professional approach to his customers.
It is our great pleasure to announce the 2015 CAWA Life Member Award goes to Darryl Stoddart of Myaree Cranes.
Also at the Annual Dinner, Allan McPherson was presented with a beautiful Monte Blanc Pen by the Association Chairman Anthony Grosser on behalf of the committee and members in recognition of his 50 years in the Crane Industry in Western Australia.