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Roy Williams Tribute 2020

Roy Williams Tribute


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. 

Please feel free to leave any comments or memories below.

We have decided to setup a Just Giving Page in memory of Roy to raise money for Aintree Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. – The link is

We would all like to say a big Thank You to everyone for your kind messages and offers of support.

67 thoughts on “Roy Williams Tribute 2020”

  1. We had an alarm fitted in 1984 by your firm must have been when the business first set up RIP Roy x

  2. Such horrible news. I only met Roy last year for the first time, I instantly respected and took a liken to him. Such an amazing personality, with some great stories to tell. He will be missed by many.

  3. So shocked and saddened to hear the very awful news about Roy. I was only speaking to him very recently putting the world to rights with our Security industry Our thoughts are with you Ann , Gareth and family at this sad time. Roy will be sadly missed
    RIP Roy
    Lawrence & Sue
    Staff Saturn Security

  4. So sorry to hear this sad news …. thinking of you all at Crosby Intruder Alarms from all at L23 Tanning & Beauty

  5. having known Roy for more than thirty years and spoke to him just weeks ago, it has come as a great shock. Sometimes life isn’t fair. Condolences to Ann and family

  6. Hi Ann and Family ,
    so sorry to hear about Roy, what a lovely man , thinking of you all at this very sad time
    much love xx

  7. Taken to soon Roy was a lovely man will be missed by all his family friends and colleagues. Have great memories of all the family at Loch Lomond Holiday Park Roy loved being there for a well earned rest getting out on his boat. My thoughts and prayers are with you Ann Gareth and Lyndsay. X

  8. Taken to soon Roy was a lovely man will be missed by all his family friends and colleagues. Have great memories of all the family at Loch Lomond Holiday Park Roy loved being there for a well earned rest getting out on his boat. My thoughts and prayers are with you Ann Gareth and Lyndsay. X

  9. I first met Roy through a family friend Kev Hall. Whilst Kevs not in the Security trade I am and whilst we didn’t do a great deal of business with each other I knew Roy who was to me an approachable And kind Gentleman. This is a shock and brings home to us all how important and short life is. Rest in peace Roy, you have a lovely family and Grace will live on knowing she has a bit of Grandads DNA hopefully not the Stubborn bit. Our thoughts of all of us at Webeye go out to all of the family at this sad time

  10. A great man and a huge part of the security industry did a lot for me and the other lads back at NWTC he helped me gain my qualifications and taught me everything I know, he also taught me a lot outside of the workplace an all round top guy.
    Rest in peace Roy

  11. Hi. Sad news.
    Just in case you weren’t aware, a Quote Request form appears in the middle of the tribute.

  12. Known Roy since I was a kid from Loch lomond holiday Park. Part of one of the most lovely families you could meet. RIP Roy

  13. So sorry to hear this, Roy was a true gent and a great contributor to the industry that he had a real passion for.

    After over 25 years in the industry I genuinely can’t think of a single person who had a bad word to say about Roy, a well respected, knowledgeable nice guy with a great passion for his business and his family.

  14. So sorry to hear about your dad Gareth.
    Very sad news in these dangerous times.
    Big hugs to all the family from us.

  15. To Ann and Gareth – so sad to hear this awful news. You’re a great family and I’m sure you’ll get through this together.
    All my love.
    Ian Whittingham

  16. So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing he was such a nice guy. When we arrived at Inveruglas, a few years ago, we were the poor kids on the block but Roy and the rest of the family made us so welcome and helped us settle in. We will never forget that. We had good times, alas not enough, but we have got lots of fond memories of Roy and everything he did to help us. The world is a poorer place without him. RIP Roy Williams.

  17. RIP Roy, you have done so much for me and supported me throughout my career, a great guy. Thank you.
    My love to all the family x

  18. I met Roy at the Business Breakfasts in Liverpool back in the day. He took me under his wing and introduced me to a lot of people. He was always straight-talking, had great ethics and was a gentleman. Sad to hear of his passing. Rest in Peace and sincere condolences to all the Williams family.

  19. RIP lovely man. 😢
    Roy will be sorely missed by all; Will so miss our chats on a Friday. My sympathies to all the family.

  20. Massive loss to the industry,thoughts are with your family and friend’s.
    Rest in peace Roy

  21. I had the pleasure of meeting roy and Gareth e few times and roy was a great guy a true gent who worked hard for this trade and his family he will be missed my thoughts are with all his family friends and my friends who currently work at Crosby intruder alarms

  22. My sincere condolences to Ann, Gareth and all your family. Roy was a true gentleman and a credit to this industry we work in. Not all companies we visit to conduct our audit welcome us but Roy and his family always did. It was a pleasure to go to work when I visited CIA.
    RIP Roy.

    David Roscoe

  23. Ann, Gareth and Lyndsay; our sincere condolences to out to you and the whole family. We were blessed to have had the privilege to know and work with Roy over a number of years and have enjoyed every moment we spent together. There are many fond memories to savour, in particular the joy and laughter he brought with him on every occassion will remain with me. Genuinely a really lovely man. We will miss him greatly.

  24. To Ann, Gareth and Lyndsay, everyone at Tavcom are saddened at the news of Roy’s passing on Friday. Our sincere condolences go out to the whole family.
    Roy’s enthusiasm for the security systems industry and his passion for raising of standards saw him tutor/educate so many young apprentices and adult learners over more than 20 years, offering advice, guidance and support in order to give them the best possible chance of a successful career within the industry.
    With his wide ranging & extensive knowledge of security systems Roy helped Tavcom to develop programmes for the industry, as well as delivering a range of training courses for Tavcom Training over many years. Roy’s generosity also saw him dedicate time in becoming an ambassador for the Certified Technical Security Professional (CTSP) register.
    Always helpful, patient, understanding and with a wonderful sense of humour, plus a great mentor he will be sadly missed by many.

    Kevin Matthew
    Tavcom Training

  25. To Ann & family
    We have just heard the sad news of
    Roy,s passing
    As a colleague I respected Roy immensely
    For his dedication & loyalty in business &
    His care shown to others
    Rest in Peace , God Bless
    Brian Gresty
    Gold Security Systems

  26. From the first time I met Roy his passion for educating the security industry was abundantly clear, he had an unbridled enthusiasm for the security systems industry, and his knowledge and ability to pass it on was second to none. As well as being a consummate professional, Roy was a true gentleman and a real family man, he always spoke fondly of the times he spent in Scotland with his family – and boat.
    Roy was an absolute pleasure to work with and know – he will be missed
    Andrew Saywell
    Tavcom Training

  27. We are devastated to hear the very sad news of Roy’s passing.

    It is a great loss to his family, the security industry and everyone who knew him.

    Roy was a good friend and one of the nicest and most sincere people around. His Knowledge was unsurpassed and
    he always had the answers to our questions regarding the security world.

    He will be greatly missed.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Ann, Gareth and Lyndsay at this very sad time.

    Debbie and Nigel Greenberg and all the staff at Solo Security.

  28. We met on odd occasions at Tavcom Training and I was impressed with his knowledge, humour and our shared passion for enabling others in our industry to learn and improve. Such sad news; a great loss and my thoughts go out to all the family and friends of this lovely man. RIP Roy.

  29. What a amazing man and a lovely family. Attended Crosby alarms numerous times for training and Roy was so attentive and I really enjoyed these days. So saddened by this and wish Gareth and Ann and your family all the best. Thank you for everything Roy. Rest in Peace Big Man. James Collins – Celtic Fire Security

  30. What can we say, such a shock hearing of Roy’s premature demise. I was only speaking to him the day before he went into hospital, swapping jokes. Roy always had a wry sense of humour that will be sorely missed. We will remember Roy for his honesty, compassion and strength, and he would take people under his wing and help where possible. Roy and I met at Riversdsle college in the early 70’s and he did our wedding disco in 1975. Since then, we have been good friends even though we had a break in communication during the children years. Roy, the world has lost a loyal and faithful friend and ally. Rest in peace.
    Larry & Ruth

  31. Sorry to hear the very sad news my condolences to all the family.
    Roy was a great font of knowledge and helped me with training of staff over the years, a true professional and will be sadly missed by all in the security industry. RIP Roy.

  32. So sad to hear the news from Gareth. Love and blessings to Ann, Gareth, Lyndsay and all the family, and to Colin, Patricia and the girls.
    Such fond memories of my childhood friend, someone I’ve known for all of my life. A real family man who was a friend to so many. 🦋
    Frank, Jan & family.

  33. Very sad news of this great man passing.
    Thank you for everything you did.
    Rest in peace

  34. So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He has been a sterling supporter of the NSI security meetings in Lymm for the 20 years plus I have been attending. Always friendly and jovial and a big hearted gentleman, his knowledge and contribution to the security industry was second to none.

    He will be sadly missed by all who came into contact with him. My deepest sympathies to his family. Take care.
    RIP pal x

    Damian Parker
    Security Operations Manager
    Protec Fire and Security

  35. Such sad news to hear of Roy’s passing last week; our sincere condolences to Ann, Gareth, Lyndsay and his extended family. Roy was a friend and colleague and will be sadly missed.

    Martin & Candida

  36. Roy was truly one of the nicest people I was lucky enough to know. He will always be remembered, thoughts to all of the family in this difficult time.

    From Derek, Wendy, Aimee & Harry.

  37. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

    Keith Mark and Tom Percival
    Complete Home Security

  38. We’ve only known Roy a few year and yet it feels as if we were friends for 30 years that is the mark of what a great man he was, nothing seamed to be any trouble for him he was always just happy to go with the flow.
    Many a great nights out we had up at Loch Lomond and in Liverpool he will be sadly missed by us and many others
    R.I.P. my friend

  39. Remembering all the fun times with Ann and Roy , my parents Carol and Andrew and Gareth , Lyndsay and Sam. All the Boat trips, Barbecues and the fry ups on the island. Precious times.

  40. So sad for your loss. Roy was a friend and gentleman. All of your family and his other friends are in our thoughts at this very sad time. Steve and the team from Courtley

  41. Such sad news to hear of Roy’s passing last week. My sincere condolences to Ann, Gareth, Lyndsay and his extended family. Roy and I worked on various training projects over the years where I shared his passion for training and its development. In his own way he made a difference in our industry and will be sadly missed.

  42. Rest in peace Roy. Condolences to the family. Lovely man appreciate everything you did Roy x

  43. I wish all the family my sincere condolences. I had the pleasure of meeting Roy through Tavcom Training, and immediately when speaking with him I could see the enthusiasm, patience and time he had for helping those willing to learn in the industry. After that first meeting very year I received a Christmas card from Roy and Ann, such a thoughtful man. For someone that I didn’t know that well this sad news has made me quite upset, I guess this is because of what a genuine and caring man he was, some people just leave a lasting memory.

  44. So sad to hear that Roy had passed away. I had known Roy for over 20 years through North West Training, who trained the majority of our engineers. I had many very interesting conversations with Roy over the years – which will be greatly missed.
    Our thoughts are with Ann & Family during this difficult time.
    Roger, Jacqui & Staff at Ultra Security Systems Limited

  45. So sad to hear the news. Great memories with Roy way back in the 80’s and later when he helped train our son Peter into the industry. Couldn’t wish to meet a more generous and genuine person. Sincere condolences to all the family.
    Pat, Roy & Peter Sanders
    Vision Technology

  46. Sorry for your loss, such a respected gentleman in our industry,
    RIP Roy

    Anthony Pheysey
    APS Alarms

  47. RIP Roy, great teacher and mentor at NWTC and helped me with any problems I had, my condolences to all his family and friends

  48. Sorry to hear the sad news about Roy, he will be missed by many.
    We send our sincere condolences to the family .

  49. Our condolences to Ann, Gareth and Lyndsay at this terribly sad time. We had the pleasure of working with this true, gentle, man and we are devastated at his passing. Kind, gentle and considerate, he is truly and sadly missed. The World is a poorer place without him. May God rest his soul.

  50. I am so very sorry to read this. Roy’s Dad and Mum were great friends of my parents (Gordon & Pat Toby) & I have known him all my life. We were the same age. I am sending you all my sincere condolences. Such tragic news. RIP Roy x

  51. Roy was a great chap, always pleasant and great to deal with. My sincere condolences to Ann and Gareth.
    Gary Sanders.
    Spontex Workwear.

  52. I have known Roy since the mid seventies, and am both shocked and saddened by his passing.
    Many years ago Roy was one of the few people willing to help me when I had some personal problems. Unfortunately, over the years we lost touch, but I will always remember him fondly.
    My condolences go out to Anne, Gareth and Lyndsay, you have lost a great guy too soon.
    Rest In Peace Old Friend.
    Les Moyles and Family

  53. I met Roy 38 years ago at Sunshine Hospital Radio at Fazakerly Hospital (as it was then). He was friendly and charming and knowledgable, and along with everyone else at Sunshine, he worked tirelessly to make sure Sunshine had the space, equipment, and personnel to ensure that the patients could hear a friendly voice when then needed it most. Everything he did he committed to fully and even though we worked hard, we had so much fun together and lifelong friendships were made. I only found out about Roy last week, and I was rocked. The last time we spoke he was busy and happy, enjoying life to the full and this is how I will remember him.
    My sincere condolences to Anne, Gareth and Lyndsay.
    RIP Roy.

  54. Had Roy as my college Tutor for the past couple years, just found out and I am really gutted, condolences too the family

  55. I was a student of Roys. He is the man to thank for getting where I am in my current job role. He was an excellent teacher, an amazing human and a good man. This news has shocked me. I will forever be thankful for everything that Roy done for me during my training and the effort he put into me to ensure I done my best.
    RIP Roy, you will be missed x

  56. I know this is late in putting a comment on in remembrance of Roy, I didn’t know they had a tribute page as such. I had the pleasure of meeting Roy when he came to the company I was working at, we hit it off straight away. We had some amusing times, especially when I got him to call a customer and asking to speak with Mr G Raff. When the penny dropped, we fell about laughing, or when he put a small buzzer under chair that went off when I sat down, nearly gave me a heart attack, but all done in fun.

    He also arranged for a new alarm system for my newly bought house, however he thought it’d be funny to attach the door chime to the sensors, so when you walked into any of the rooms, the chime kept sounding. He did take it back off after about an hour.

    I also got to know Anne, and I know how proud he was when both children came along. I know I haven’t seen Roy for a such a long time, however we always exchanged cards at Christmas and did find it odd at the last card I received last Christmas, signed by Anne with the children but Roy’s name wasn’t on there. Then found out the awful news that he had sadly passed away. My deepest sympathies go to Anne and the family.

    Mrs B

  57. So sad to have heard the news of Roy’s passing today.
    I was a spotty little teenager when I first worked with Roy at A&A Security wholesalers back in 1990. He was such a lovely kind, patient person and I will always look back at those years with fond memories.

    I was fortunate enough to speak with Roy again in 2019 after many years of being out of the industry, and I will always remember how our conversation was just like all those years had past like yesterday.

    Roy was a great person, and I am proud to have known him.

    My belated sympathies go out to his family.

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