Tribute to Richard Orton

Tuesday, 04 February 2020

It is with a heavy heart that I inform the House of the passing of a much-loved member of my local community, Richard Orton.

Richard was a stalwart of the St George Australian Football Club, holding many positions over a number of years.

More importantly, he is remembered as a great friend of many. My memory of Richard is that of a selfless man who gave tirelessly to others.

I recall Richard nominating members of the community to receive awards at the St George Community Awards, but insisting that the award recipient not know that it was Richard who had nominated them.

He did not nominate them for recognition or praise; he simply did it because it helped someone else.

In many respects, this was true of Richard's life. Richard set an example for all of us to follow, and his legacy lives on.

On 7 February a mass will be held in Richard's honour. I extend my deepest condolences to June, Peter, Jen and their families.