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Community Recognition Statement - Tribute to John Walton, Michael Cornin And Declan Hillbrick

15th May, 2024.

It is one of those times when there is sadness in the area as we lose our people in our electorate, and it is a chance to reflect on the impact on our lives. On 12 March we farewelled John Walton of Silverdale. Missed by wife Rhonda, children Amelia and Daniel, and grandchild Alexander, his peaceful passing left a void in the hearts of his family and friends. On 22 February we farewelled Michael Cronin, remembered by his wife of 62 years, Margaret, his five children and his nine grandchildren. He was known for his kindness and generosity, and he changed the face of Thirlmere. Our thoughts are also with Paul Hillbrick, the father of young Declan Hillbrick. Declan's death in January has impacted Paul, sister Emma and mother Alison. Paul is an active member of the community, known for his regular column in The District Reporter newspaper. The loss of a child is an especially challenging time, and I offer my condolences and support to the Hillbrick family. Farewell to John, Michael and Declan. Rest in peace.