In Memory of Mike Crampton

It is with profound sadness for all the Crossover team to be writing in memory of a great friend and colleague Mike Crampton.

Mike was tragically killed in a car crash in the early hours of Saturday 29th April 2017, along with his friend James Montegriffo, whilst travelling along the A20 near Farningham. Mike had collected James from the airport. Both men were in their early 20’s.

Mike was a very popular member of the Crossover team, who will be greatly missed and remembered with utmost fondness. During Mike’s time with the company he worked very closely with Crossover’s Technical Manager Rupert Sealey, who wrote in tribute:

“[Mike]was a hugely lovable character with a flair for life that would make anyone envious. He was also an incredibly hard and conscientious worker and someone we all hugely enjoyed working with. All round a thoroughly awesome chap.”

We send our deepest sympathies to Mike’s parents and sister.

Despite Mike’s young age, he had given almost 3 years of excellent, focused work to the Crossover team. This effort, from someone who was very highly capable and clever, with a great attitude to his work life, had seen him grow his role and responsibilities very considerably during this time. He played a central role in handling the company’s logistics requirements, managing our storage facility , as well as being one of the key persons responsible for creating documentation such as technical drawings and schematics. Despite having such a demanding role, often dealing with very early starts and negotiating London rush hour traffic, Mike was always upbeat, positive and full of vitality, often with a quirky and very funny observation to share. The way he brought a smile to so many of his colleagues on a daily basis was natural, effortless and highly endearing. He took everything in his stride, and stayed calm and personable no matter how stressful the situation.

Outside his work Mike was a very talented musician on keyboards and guitar, performing and rehearsing regularly with several groups including ska punk band The Pisdicables. A statement on the band’s Facebook page expresses sentiments felt also by his colleagues at Crossover: 

“Our keys player and best friend Mike Crampton tragically lost his life in a car accident in the early hours of yesterday morning along with his friend James Montegriffo.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how much we are hurting right now. We have lost our brother, an incredible and unique human who will be irreplaceable to everyone who was lucky enough to know him.”

As a tribute The Pisdicables have allowed their music to be downloaded for free, with a contribution requested to the Justgiving page set up to make a contribution to the families of Mike and James:

External News Links:

BBC News

Bexley Times

Gravesend Reporter 

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