Roger Errington, chairman and director, of plumbers merchant T. Crossling & Co. Ltd in Newcastle upon Tyne, passed away on Sunday, March 25 after a long illness.
He became director of T. Crossling & Co. Ltd. in 1960, when the company was a one-branch business in the centre of Newcastle.
In his time he relocated the company to the current headquarters at Coast Road, Newcastle upon Tyne. Over the next two decades he oversaw the expansion of the business and branches in Stockton and Carlisle, the acquisition of Whites Burners to grow commercial heating, the purchase of Potter Cowan Pipe Fittings and Northern Tools & Accessories.
Roger Errington became Chairman in 1975 on retirement of his aunt, Mrs. Crossling, a role he enjoyed and took very seriously even in his retirement years and was always involved and interested in opening new branches and the running of the company.
Outside Crossling, Roger Errington had a varied life, High Sheriff of Northumberland in 1994, and a local Independent Councillor for 40 years and Mayor of Castle Morpeth in 1989/90. He also had a private pilot’s licence, a life long interest in cars, especially his Model T Ford and a well-respected knowledge of antique furniture and paintings.
Roger Errington was joined by his two sons, Richard and Charles in 1985, took an active role in the company’s 150th Anniversary in 2005 and celebrated his 50th year as a Director of the company in 2010.