Kevin Bellis, 1950 - 2013
With the sudden and tragic death of Kevin Bellis on the 17th of January 2013, PASMA and the mobile access tower industry at large has lost one of its most popular, knowledgeable and committed champions. Kevin passed away following a long and spirited fight against cancer which, throughout, he fought with courage, determination and typical good humour.
Born on the 12th of September 1950 in Poplar, east London, Kevin attended Sir John Cass Church of England School, both primary and secondary, in the 1950’s and 1960’s - one of only two schools in the City of London at that time. After leaving school he first joined SGB as a trainee manager, but then left the industry to fulfil his ambition to travel around Europe.
Upon his return to the UK he joined Stephens & Carter as a contracts manager and subsequently moved to Palmer Scaffolding as one of their branch managers. A spell at Grayston Scaffolding followed, again as a branch manager, before he decided to start his own business, Docklands Scaffolding Ltd, based in Stratford, east London.
Deciding he needed a change from the tube and fittings industry, Kevin formed Atrium Access Ltd on the 14th of September 1990, specialising in aluminium access towers. At Atrium he was soon joined by fellow director and now long-standing family friend, Gillian Rutter. The company has since gone on to become a prominent supplier of towers and tower training, undertaking a number of large and prestigious contracts in London and the South East.
Kevin’s enthusiasm for towers soon translated into what was to become a long standing involvement with PASMA, where his wit and wisdom was much in demand, both as a member of Council and, more recently, as Deputy Chairman. Throughout this period his contribution to the work and development of the Association was invaluable and highly prized.
Away from work, Kevin was a devoted family man who enjoyed nothing better than following the sporting achievements of his children who played football and hockey at county and professional level. He also valued his many friendships and kept in regular contact with school friends he had known for over fifty years.
Kevin was a larger than life character who always had a good story to tell. He also knew the name and location of the best café closest to any Atrium job site! A thoroughly genuine and enormously likeable man, he will long be remembered as an outstanding ambassador for both PASMA and the work at height industry.
Council, secretariat and members of the Association all send their deepest condolences to his wife Renee, children Adam, Ian and Nathalie, and granddaughter, Betty May.
[PASMA would like to thank Gillian Rutter and Kevin’s brother, Martin, for their help in preparing this obituary]