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Farewell, Tony Clark

2016/07/22

IPAF has received the sad news that one of the pioneers of the powered access industry and a past president of IPAF, Tony Clark, whose full name was Anthony John Coventry Clark, passed away on 15 July after a long illness. He was 76.

Tony Clark was sales director and then managing director of Gala Engineering in Thetford, Norfolk, UK, in the late 1970s. At that time, he and owner John Barford met John Merrick of Ontario, Canada, who had designed and patented the Topper articulated up-and-over boom lift. Barford and Clark agreed to acquire the worldwide rights to manufacture the Topper. Clark established the product through marketing, demonstrations and setting up a distributor network, covering around 60 countries. Gala experienced a great deal of success over the years, building up a strong factory team along the way.

In the 1990s, the company was acquired by Simon to become Simon Gala, and later Simon Aerials. Tony Clark stayed on with the company initially as sales director and served as IPAF president from 1990 to 1992. He supported IPAF from its infancy and contributed to its formative years.

In his younger days, he was a keen rugby player and enjoyed travelling, attending exhibitions and meeting people. He leaves behind wife Christine, sons Andrew and Paul, and several grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at West Suffolk Crematorium on Tuesday, 23 August at 12:45, followed by a drink and buffet at the Thetford Rugby Football Club, Two Mile Bottom.

Flowers, or if preferred donations made payable to the Parkinsons Disease Society, at the service or care of Lydia and David Turner, Thetford & District Funeral Services Ltd, 15-15a Old Market Street, Thetford IP24 2EQ, UK, Tel: +44 (0)1842 761333.

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