13 March 2014

Graham Maddocks, 9 December 1943 - 25 February 2014

Graham Maddocks, 9 December 1943 - 25 February 2014

The PASMA Council, members of the Association and the Secretariat were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Graham Maddocks after an illness first diagnosed in September 2013. Hugely respected and admired, he was a champion of the access industry dedicated to improving standards, working methods and safety. His knowledge and expertise - and irrepressible sense of humour - will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.

Graham was born in Bristol on 9th December 1943. He attended Clarkes College and then Bristol Technical College before moving to Surrey where he continued his education at night school while working for Scaffolding Great Britain (SGB), eventually qualifying as a Chartered Structural Engineer.

Later in his career he lectured at Westminster College, presented papers at conferences and workshops, and contributed to the drafting of a large number of codes of practice - such was the regard he was held in by the industry.

His first job was working for his father at Priest & Mulling in Bristol, but after moving to Surrey he joined SGB in1965. In 1975 he left SGB to establish his own company specialising in cradles, but was pursuaded to return to SGB - now Harsco Infrastructure - just a year later, where he remained until his death last month. Having joined initially as a trainee design engineer he moved quickly through the ranks to become group chief engineer.

His expert knowledge and experience was always in demand. In addition to being a proud member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (CEng), he served for many years on the technical committee of the National Association of Scaffolding Contractors (NASC), and various British Standards Institution (BSl) technical and drafting committees. He was a much respected chairman of several of these committees.

During his career he mentored a great many scaffolding and formwork engineers, a role he found extremely rewarding and one that gave him particular pleasure. Graham would consistently make himself available, often at short notice, to help and advise anyone who needed support, guidance and information.

Over the years he worked on many household name projects and was accredited to sign off structures, amongst others, at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Cheltenham Racecourse and the British Grand Prix. He also inspected and signed off the structure used by Her Majesty the Queen for the opening of the QE2 Bridge at the Dartford Crossing. Other projects included the Albert Memorial restoration, the British Library and the refurbishment of Victoria Train Station.   

Above all though, Graham will be remembered for his warmth, consideration for others and his willingness to help anyone at any time - night or day. An exceptional and much loved friend and colleague, he worked tirelessly for SGB and Harsco, and the industry at large. He will also be remembered for his dry sense of humour, which regularly caught people off guard!

A devoted family man, PASMA sends it condolences to Graham’s wife, Ann, his son, Lee, and his daughter, Susie, and his five grandchildren - Sam, Isobel, William, Christian and Sebastian - and, of course, his many friends and colleagues worldwide.

Funeral Arrangements

The funeral is set to take place on Monday, 17th March 2014 at St Richard's Chapel, Surrey & Sussex Crematorium, Balcolmbe Road, Crawley, RH10 3NG.

If you wish to attend the funeral, please RSVP to either Jason Black (jblack@harsco.com), Steve Prower (steveprower@deborahservices.com) or Ken Barber (ken.barber@haki.co.uk).

No flowers have been requested by the family, but a donation can be made at the chapel which will go to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Any cheques should be made payable to the charity, or online donations can be carried out here. Please leave a note in the collection box with your name if you donate online.

Further details and directions to the service are available in a PDF; please click here.

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