Popular farrier and former trainer Kevin (George) Crampton passed away on Friday after a short illness.
Affectionately known as K.G, the 82-year-old had been a race day farrier for over 50 years.
He was the regular farrier for Champion three-year-old McGinty, while he enjoyed good success as a trainer himself, preparing Beechcraft to win the 1983 Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Long-time friend and trainer Kim Clotworthy remembers Crampton as an extremely strong man, well-known for always wearing shorts, no matter the conditions.
“He was a prop for Manurewa and one of the strongest men you would ever see,” Clotworthy said.
“Even when the doctors gave him less than a week to live, he lasted another six.”
He is survived by his wife Valerie, his children Alan, Gary and Sheryl and five Grandchildren.
Funeral details to be advised.