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News | 22 January 2020

Tributes paid to long-standing Bennetts employee who was a true gentleman of the crane industry

We would like to pay tribute to our long-standing employee, friend, and true gentleman Silvio Cicuttin who passed away on 16 January aged 77.

He had worked with Bennetts Cranes since the 1970s, and had not retired.

For many years Silvio was our Senior Crane Erector and Appointed Person, and later he worked part-time in both a sales and operations capacity, and then in the yard preparing cranes to go to site.

Coming from the countryside in Italy, Silvio brought sheep, grape vines and lots of bee hives into the crane yard when he first arrived in the 1970s! He was a keen gardener, and planted all of the trees around the perimeter of our headquarters. He even planted fruit trees and bushes for the staff to enjoy.

His allotment supplied him with enough grapes to make homemade wine, and the bee hives produced honey for our morning office tea and toast.

Tracey Pockett, Financial Director of Bennetts Cranes said: “Silvio was very much a product of his time, a considerate and caring gentleman, able to fix anything. He was generous with his time and garden produce. He will be missed by all of us at Bennetts Cranes.”

Silvio’s funeral will take place at 3.30pm on Thursday 30 January at Gloucester Crematorium.

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