Today I pay tribute to Maurice Damien Brady and celebrate and honour his life.
Born on 9 December 1956, Maurice—known fondly as Moz—was much loved by his family, friends and Blue Mountains community.
He was a tireless and enduring campaigner for social justice. Moz was a family man, a union man, a Labor man—a good man. He was salt of the earth.
In the last six months of 2016, Moz's heart condition deteriorated. He celebrated his sixtieth birthday in hospital, remaining positive despite ill health, sharing stories and memories and farewelling his family and friends over the Christmas-New Year period.
Sadly, Maurice died on 2 January 2017.
I honour his lifetime of quiet dedication to community campaigns that improved the experiences of those less fortunate, particularly in his role as social worker extraordinaire with the Blue Mountains City Council.
I honour the fund established by his family in his name and for his work to provide emergency assistance to women and children escaping domestic violence.
I honour his family: his strong, beautiful partner, Suzie van Opdorp; his incredible children, Nicky, Madi and Jack; and his grandchildren, Rafferty, Lotte and Birdie Marlou.
Vale Moz: may you now rest in peace.