Sad news about Nick
The CPSU staff and council are sad and shocked by the illness and loss of our friend and colleague Nick Duncombe who passed away at his home on Saturday. After serving in the army and then in real estate Nick brought his energy and sly wit to the CPSU at the beginning of 2013 when he started as a trainee Organiser, and from the outset he was a fearless advocate for union members and the trade union movement. He said:
“I always wanted to do something with the labour movement – I come from a strong background with that. It’s a genuine passion of mine so when the opportunity arose I jumped at it. As an Organiser I meet some amazing people who do extraordinary things in the workplace and it’s a privilege to get to know them and work with them.”
Since a shock cancer diagnosis in late 2015 Nick seemed to be responding well to treatment and after a tentative all-clear he was optimistic and determined to get back to work, and we very much looked forward to his planned return later this year, but his disease turned out to be even more stubborn than Nick.
Nick had just turned 32 and was dedicated to his wife and two young children and to Essendon Football Club, and the CPSU office won’t be the same without him. All our love and thoughts go to his wife Laura and to his children Charlotte and Henry and to his sister Fairlie and all her family.