Shap garage owner dies, aged 67

Date: Tuesday 9th January 2018

SHAP garage owner Brian Crisp has died at the age of 67.

Mr. Crisp was born at Bampton, the second of five children born to Jean and Raymond Crisp. He grew up at Askham and attended Askham School, where he became childhood friends with Frankie Grundy and Brian Hodgson.

When he left school at the age of 15, he began work as a mechanic for his friend’s father, Dennis Hodgson, at his garage in Askham.

He then went on to work for Ken Brough Car Sales at Gilwilly industrial estate, Penrith, where he remained until Mr. Brough was retiring, when he took the opportunity to buy Fell Garage, Shap.

He took with him to the new venture his former work colleague, Barrie Nicholson, and the pair worked together for more than three decades until Brian’s death.

Always interested in anything mechanical, outside of work, Brian liked to restore old cars and most recently was working on two classic vehicles. He also liked motorbikes and would get out for a ride whenever he had the time. Brian also loved dogs and kept three Rottweilers.

He is survived by his children, Richard, Melanie, Mark and Zoe; grandchildren Shannon, Alicia, Maisy, Alex and Zach; and siblings Pauline, Vincent, Karen and Wendy.