It is with a deep heart that we have to announce the passing of one of the company partners, Roy Williams who sadly lost his battle to COVID-19 on 17th April 2020.
Roy started off Crosby Intruder Alarms back in 1984, the business started off as a bit of a hobby for him, carrying out work at evenings and weekends whilst still in full time employment. He worked tirelessly along with his wife Ann to build the business up and get it more established over the years. In 2009 his son Gareth came into the business and assisted Roy & Ann in growing the company to where we currently are today.
Roy was an asset to the Security Industry. He taught the majority of apprentices from other security companies and trained them up to become really good Technicians, some now holding senior management positions for local and national companies. Roy taught at North West Training Council for over 20 years as well as teaching for Skills for Security & Tavcom Training. Roy also had his own training company (Security Industry Training Association) and along with Martin Kane trained many apprentices on a national basis. He wanted the best out of people and helping others was what he did best.
Roy was a true family man, he leaves behind his wife Ann who he worked alongside for many years, his son Gareth who he worked with (trust me it wasn’t easy at times, but we always put our differences aside), his daughter Lyndsay and her husband Mike. He recently welcomed his first Granddaughter Grace into the family on 28th March 2020 who he unfortunately never got to meet in person but was able to see photos of her and we had a video call together, he was so proud of both Gareth & Lauren for bringing such a beautiful girl into the world. He also was lucky to walk Lyndsay down the aisle in May 2019, when she married her husband Mike. Roy was so proud of Lyndsay and it was a day that will never be forgotten by many. Also, in February 2020 he was able to celebrate Gareth’s 30th birthday party which was a joint celebration with Roy’s Niece Emily who was also 30. At this party many family and friends joined us, little did we know this would be the last party he would be at with us all. As a family we shared many happy memories, a lot of them spent up at Loch Lomond in Scotland, where Roy enjoyed going there to relax. We have memories of Picnics on the beach, days out in the boats, road trips and making many friends who will truly miss Roy.
His family meant the world to him and he would always put them before himself, even if it was the wrong thing to do, he was very stubborn at times! – Grace will always know what an amazing Grandad he would have been to her. Roy also leaves behind his family in America, Colin, Patricia, Cerys & Ceridwen along with all the family on Ann’s side (there is far too many to name!) and leaves behind many friends, colleagues and business associates. He will be truly missed by so many people.
The family would like to thank the Paramedics who attended the house on 4th April and all of the NHS Staff at Aintree Hospital. They did everything they could for him and gave him the best care possible to try and achieve the best chance of survival, unfortunately his body was not strong enough to fight it, although he did the best he could.
The Business will still continue to trade as normal as we have excellent staff who are holding it all together. During the week of 20th April, Gareth & Ann may be uncontactable but we have a great team working from home who will be able to answer your calls as we continue to trade and supply you with your fire and security needs.
Roy now joins his parents and our former Operations Manager Peter Grossmith who we sadly lost a few years ago.
We would just like to say a big thank you to all of our staff, friends, family and customers through what has been a difficult time for us all and everyone around the world.
Rest in Peace Roy (Dad) – 3rd February 1957 – 17th April 2020.
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