Thursday, May 23, 2019
It is with great sadness that I deliver the news that our colleague and friend, Tim Panter, who was based at our Aylesford facility, has passed away after a battle with lung cancer.
Tim served the business as a regional manager for the southern area but, much more importantly and memorably, he was a fantastic person who I considered a personal friend. As many of you were lucky enough to experience, Tim was full of humour and great company—in and out of the workplace. A keen rugby fan, Tim lived life to the full until it was cruelly, and somewhat suddenly, taken from him.
I knew Tim for 25 years and was honoured when he made the move to Rope and Sling Specialists almost a decade ago. When he joined, we had no staff in the region, no depot to call home, and a threadbare customer base. Today, we have two depots in the vicinity of London and an incredibly strong pool of clients. I am indebted to Tim for that success.
A loyal, honest, consummate and dedicated professional, he recently started to develop relationships and gain landmark orders from infrastructure projects in the capital city, including a super sewer that wouldn’t have given us the time of day at the start of our journey. The determination and commitment Tim has shown form an important part of the legacy he leaves.
Tim was an experienced member of the lifting equipment community and was always keen to share that knowledge with colleagues and peers at all stages of their careers. When I first joined the industry I was inspired by Tim’s enthusiasm; he was one of the main reasons why I chose to improve my technical knowledge and aspire to progress in this challenging sector.
The Funeral will take place on Friday 31st May 2019 9.30am at Vinter’s Park Crematorium (ME14 5LG)
Then everyone is invited to join the family at Matla Inn (Premier Inn) Forstal Road, Lock Lane, Sandling ME14 3AS for drinks during the afternoon.
The Panter party will take place at 17.30pm at Aylesford Bulls rugby club (ME20 7DS)
The family request (as Tim would want) for both celebrations that we all wear rugby jerseys and dodgy hats.
Family flowers only please and all donations made will go to the Royal Navy benevolent fund & St Wilfred hospice.