OBITUARY NOTICE Water Jetting Pioneer Bill Crompton
Bill Crompton, one of the pioneers of the water jetting industry in the UK, has died at the age of 90.
He played a key role in the foundation, in 1980, of the Association of High-Pressure Water Jetting Contractors, which went on to become the Water Jetting Association (WJA).
Bill was the founder of Waterblast Ltd and co-founder of Neolith Pumps London Ltd. He then became a consultant with Lanes for Drains, which later become Lanes Group plc. His son, Bruce, heads up the Lanes Rail Division, and is a director of the company.
Bill passed away in hospital in Norwich just before Christmas after a short illness.
WJA Director David Kennedy, who worked with Bill and Bruce for 15 years at Neolith Pumps London Ltd, said: “It was very sad to hear the news of Bill’s passing. He was a pioneer in the early days of water jetting. He was an astute businessman and a loyal friend.
“Bill always had the best interests of the water jetting industry at heart. He was also a great supporter of the WJA as he always set high standards in his work and recognised the need to promote those standards across the industry.”
The funeral will take place at: St Mary’s Church, Monewden, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 7DA on Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 12.00 (Midday) – the service is open to anyone who wants to attend, Bruce Crompton would be delighted to see colleagues from the Water Jetting Association and the wider industry.
The WJA will be publishing a full obituary in due course.