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Tributes paid to Shaun Prendergast

12 November 2018

CFTS, the body behind the fork lift truck industry’s Thorough Examination standard, has paid tribute to its valued technical manager, Shaun Prendergast. 

Shaun passed away on Saturday, after a period of illness and was surrounded by close friends and family. 

Shaun had a wide and varied career, which began while serving HM forces in the UK and abroad. As part of the Specialist Team Royal Engineers, he was involved in undertaking vital engineering work: from repairing airfields in the Falkland Islands to working on bridges in Sierra Leone.

Upon completing his military service in 1992, as a Corporal in the Plant Troop within the Corps of Royal Engineers, Shaun began working in the materials handling industry, where he worked as a service manager for a mainstream dealer for nearly two decades.

Shaun joined CFTS in July 2012 and with his fellow technical manager Matthew Kennedy, successfully increased awareness, understanding and coverage of Thorough Examinations throughout the UK and Ireland. 

Of his untimely passing, CFTS Chairman Geoff Martin responded: “Shaun was a very popular representative, advisor and trainer and I know that very many CFTS members and colleagues will miss him greatly. He conducted his affairs with the utmost integrity and humour. 

“Our thoughts are with his wife and family. To them we extend our greatest sympathy at this most difficult time.” 

Simon Barkworth, President of BITA, added: “I reflect the words used by CFTS that Shaun was a valuable member of the CFTS team, and was extremely popular with customers and colleagues alike. He carried out his responsibilities with great dignity and humour. The thoughts and prayers of Shaun’s many friends and colleagues at BITA are with his family at this time.”