Bill Bolitho

Mr PEARSON — Yesterday I also learned of the passing of an old friend of mine and many other members, Bill Bolitho. A former staffer at both a state and federal level, Bill was a larger than life character who brought happiness and laughter to many of those that he met. The last time I saw Bill, he was very ill, but I prefer to remember the second-last time I saw him, which would have been just before Christmas 2012, when I shouted him and his son a couple of drinks as I raced home. I turned and saw a father talking with his son while they had a drink, and it gave me such a warm feeling. Bill was a great contributor to both the industrial wing and the political wing of the labour movement. He was brave, he was fearless, he was my friend and he will be missed.