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Sharon Stewart
Auckland Councillor for Howick

Simeon Brown
Member of Parliament for Pakuranga

Media Statement

 

28 May 2018

 

Sharon and Simeon saddened by passing of Councillor Dick Quax

 

Sharon Stewart, Auckland Councillor for Howick, and Simeon Brown, MP for Pakuranga, have this morning expressed their deep sadness at the news of the passing of Dick Quax after a long battle with cancer.

“Dick Quax was a long-time friend, colleague, and fellow advocate for Howick, and I was shocked to hear he had passed away this morning,” says Mrs Stewart.

“My thoughts and condolences are with Dick’s family; his wife Roxanne, and his three children, Tania, Jacob, and Theo. Through hundreds of calls and text messages since the news broke, I know the people of Howick grieve with them at this difficult time and join me in thanking Dick for his service to our community over so many years.”

“I feel particularly lucky that I had the chance to serve alongside him in Auckland Council, and can personally attest to his unwavering commitment to the job, even as he battled cancer. On bed rest from his home in Sunnyhills, he was instrumental in the repairs to the Rotary Walkway being completed ahead of schedule earlier this year and was determined to ensure the people of Howick were represented even through his illness.”

“I will miss his friendship and counsel dearly. Howick has lost one of its best today.”

Mr Brown agrees that Dick’s shoes will be incredibly difficult to fill, and he fought for his community right up until the end.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dick Quax,” says Mr Brown.

“Dick Quax was a Husband, Father, Civic Leader for Howick and Pakuranga, and an incredible NZ Sports Legend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

“I have known Dick for many years and have had the pleasure of working with him over the last 9 months on several issues important to Pakuranga.”

“It’s been clear from the outset to me that, even while he fought cancer, he never faltered in his duty to Howick and held that obligation in high esteem throughout his life in public service.”

“I can only hope to emulate his dedication in my own role and do my utmost to represent the community he cared so much for in his absence.”

“Dick will be sorely missed by many.”

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