UK: Dave Kingston, who has worked with Middlesbrough-based refrigeration tools and vacuum pump company Javac for over 28 years, died on Saturday (Dec 14) after a short battle with cancer.
Dave started at Javac in 1990 as a workshop engineer, before moving up to sales manager.
He specialised in automotive and industrial refrigeration applications and was the master in leak detection and refrigerant recovery.
In the early 90s Dave was one of the first exponents of refrigerant recovery and helped Javac develop its machines throughout the UK.
A statement from the company said: “In his last few years Dave turned all his knowledge into training as he wanted to give something back to the younger generation of engineers.
“He liked nothing better than standing up in front of a large class of inquisitive apprentices and talking about applications and quick fixes.”
Following the acquisition of Javac into the Aspen Pumps group Dave became Aspen Group training officer.
He retired due to ill health in January this year.
Paying tribute to his former colleague, Javac’s former MD Steve Davies said: “Dave was a big guy with a big heart and he will be sadly missed by so many people in the industry, his family and his many friends.”