Stan Bollom passes away

15/12/2010

We are very sad to announce the death of  Stan Bollom this week. Here are some tributes from those who knew him best:

“It is with a lot of sadness and fond memories for one of the true gentleman of the British Coin Machine Industry, that I inform you that  Stan Bollom has passed away. This larger than life character and pioneer of the industry  passed away yesterday morning after a long illness. Stan who was one of the founder members of B.A.M.O.S the forunner of the modern British Coin Machine Trade Association, his old company A.M.E.C.O was a leading coin machine manufacturer from the 1930′s through to the early 1980′s.

Stan was the first British businessman to manufacture SkeeBall under licence, he also made some great machines under the Brenco banner, it is so sad to lose such an old friend who was truly a character along the lines of Hank Grant, Jim Roberts and Joe Robbins. Very special people.

Please take a minute to remember this lovable character. God bless you Stan.

Your old friend, Freddy Bailey and the rest of your old pals.

From Michael Green:

“A wonderful tribute, to a truly wonderful man, who gave so much to our industry, and in his own way didn’t ask for anything back. In our younger days he was always there as friend, customer, and counsellor. Like you we can all remember great times spent with Stan both in the UK and overseas. John and the family have carried the Bollom name into the 21st Century and are one of the most respected and well known families.

Stan as you mention was a founder of BAMOS and and was very much involved with BACTA and BALPPA, where he was the President. As the official announcement says “The funeral arrangements to celebrate the life of Stan will be held on 22 December” This what he would have wanted, and I can only advise people who are planning to be there. Get there early otherwise the church however big it is will be overflowing.

You do associate Stan with industry greats as Hank Grant, Jim Roberts, and Joe Robbins. For the record thankfully Hank and Jim are still with us, whilst Joe passed away a few years ago. I am very proud to also include the three of them as close friends as well. Hank and Jim keep in touch regularly.

Finally in the case of Stan, when he was born, they threw the mould away.”

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