John Fahey Death – Dead | Former NSW Premier John Fahey Obituary – Passed Away

John Fahey Death

Former NSW Premier John Fahey Death – Dead | Obituary – Passed Away

John Fahey Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished John Fahey.

John Fahey was universally regarded as a “good bloke”. He was someone you could always rely on and was utterly straight with everyone he dealt with.

He went out of his way to provide me with very good advice when I was a new MP.

He was always ready to serve.

His dedication to his family and his long and effective involvement with a range of significant organisations testify to his great decency and strength of character.

Australia today is mourning the passing of John Fahey, an Australian and Liberal original.

Twenty years ago today, Sydney was about to host the Olympics – an event that defined both our city and our nation.

As John leapt to his feet on hearing the news his Government had secured the Sydney Olympics for Australia, he seemed to be embodying the shared joy of every Australian.

The securing of the Sydney Olympics by the Fahey Government, by John Fahey, working together with Bruce Baird and Rod McGeogh, in many ways led Australia out of the 1990s recession. It gave Australians hope and belief.

But it was also the image of John as Premier on his knees at St Mary’s in Sydney as fires ravaged NSW that spoke to his quiet faith and humility.

John Fahey was an optimist, who believed in Australia, because he knew how much it had enabled him in his own life.

John’s was truly an Australian story of his generation. He gave more than he received. His cheery and cheeky smile was what always left his impression on you, long after the topic or issue had passed.

In his day, John was not your typical Liberal. A Catholic, rugby league player and smoker from South West Sydney. As a Liberal he broadened our outlook and connected us with an ever widening aspirational population.

He was notoriously slow at working a room, but that reflected the deep connections John formed with so many he met. John Fahey gave everyone his undivided attention.

John described his liberalism as: “hard head, soft heart”. It was an approach he would take as Premier and as Federal Minister for Finance.

As Federal Minister for Finance, John Fahey, along with John Howard and Peter Costello drove the historic turnaround in Australia’s finances in the late 1990s. As well, they set in train a service revolution in telecommunications.

After 17 years in State and Federal politics and a distinguished career of public service, John left politics in 2001 due to ill health. John said at the time: “I want to do some more things. I want to continue to give to the community. I intend to continue to work.”

He got that wish.

John went on to be a director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, chairman of the Rugby League Development Board and fittingly given his history, chairman of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority. In 2007, John became chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency, one of the most significant sporting administrator roles in the world.

John was a tremendous Liberal. He was a mentor to many, including Joe Hockey and Marise Payne.

He was one of a kind who had an earthy and tested faith and who was sustained by his loved family.

To John’s wife Colleen, and his surviving children Melanie and Matthew, and his grandchildren Amber and Campbell, Jenny and I extend our deepest condolences.

Former Premier John Fahey was a kind, decent person dedicated to his family and fought for equality and opportunity for all. A wonderful mentor and role model. He will be sorely missed.

With the passing of John Fahey we have lost a true public servant for all of us who achieved many things in his highly successful career.

We mourn the loss of a good and decent man and I extend my condolences to his family.

I feel honoured to represent Macarthur much like John did from 1996 to 2001 and as a mark of respect, I will not be sharing anything else this weekend on social media.

John Fahey was ACU Chancellor when I spoke at an Education Grad ceremony. We’d never met but I’d heard a lot about his decency. True to this, he was warm, sincere, & gracious, taking the time to offer advice & genuine encouragement . Vale John Fahey, honourable in the true sense.

I’m sorry to hear about former NSW premier John Fahey’s death. One of those thoroughly decent people who commands respect from all sides of politics, in my book.

But I’m also a bit confused: I could’ve sworn he was older than 75; and I thought cancer had claimed him years ago.

Just a bit on John Fahey. He was a leader. Libs could take a leaf out of his book. I remember an interview with him speaking about his father. He said with a chuckle, “my did was a Labor supporter, he never voted for me and told me everytime”. Vale John Fahey.

Man who showed real leadership and respect to all he served. Unfortunately you’ll never have this level of respect. R.I.P John Fahey. Our country is now in the hands of criminal politicians and greedy rorting pigs. No honour and no respect for our nation. Sad time’s ahead.

Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.

This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.

We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.

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