The Staff Association is deeply saddened to acknowledge the death of former CSIRO employee and stalwart union member Peter Saunders.
Peter joined the CSIRO Staff Association in June 2000. A communications specialist, Peter worked at CMIS Macquarie University for many years and also worked at both Lindfield and North Ryde more recently.
Known for his passion for photography and motorbikes, Peter was a staunch member of the Staff Association and demonstrated his commitment to his colleagues by volunteering as a delegate.
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“Peter represented members with absolute integrity and was generous and humble. He was one of the very good ones in CSIRO and in our union,” Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said.
“Put simply, Peter was a great advocate for the Staff Association cause. He improved the working lives of many colleagues in CSIRO. He will be missed enormously,” Mr Popovski said.
Peter’s contribution to the Staff Association included service as President of the New South Wales Sub Section Delegates committee. His commitment to the union culminated in his election as NSW Section Councillor in 2012, a position he held with distinction until 2014.
Diagnosed with a brain tumour last year, Peter underwent surgery and chemotherapy and reluctantly left CSIRO in November. As a mark of respect and thanks, Peter was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation ‘in recognition for his membership and contributions towards the Staff Association.’
“On behalf of everyone at the Staff Association, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Peter’s family, friends and former colleagues,” Mr Popovski said.
Close family and friends will be attending a formal ceremony at Leura. Colleagues and comrades are invited to attend a wake from 5pm on Friday 28 August at The Royal Hotel, 220 Macquarie Road, Springwood.
Peter’s family have asked for donations to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation in lieu of flowers. For more information on how to make a donation, click here or you can call (02) 9223 7833 to make a contribution over the phone.
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