In this International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, I posthumously honour Kevin Simpson of the Blue Mountains. Kevin was born on 10 May 1954 in Bourke, New South Wales. He died suddenly on 15 December 2019 in Hazelbrook, doing something he loved, teaching karate. Kevin had a rough start to his life in the Far West Children's Home.
Much of his formative years involved travelling with his drover father before the family settled in Cobar. Kevin worked as a nurse at Springwood Hospital over the past 18 years. He was a proud unionist–member of the Nurse and Midwives Association, and often briefed me about issues I needed to be aware of. He was loved and respected by his colleagues and patients.
Counting down the days to his retirement—through an app on his phone—Kevin would make a point of showing you anytime he could. Kevin shared his life with devoted wife, Cheryl. They had almost 33 years together. They had three beautiful children: Siobhan, Cailin and Eibhlis. Everything he undertook in life, he did with passion and joy—martial arts, golf, cycling, and camping—with family and friends. Vale Kevin Simpson, you were salt of the earth. We miss you and we salute your life.