I received news today that Patrick O'Neill passed away on the 2nd of February 2012.
Back in the early 90s when our industry was starting to wake up to matters of workplace health and safety I worked with Pat to introduce his GrafeSafe training course into NSW. GraveSafe ran for nearly ten years, reaching into regional & metropolitan NSW. I was only thinking of Pat earlier today when I read about the problem of subsiding graves in flooded Queensland. Pat had the solution 25 years ago, and it's in use in our cemeteries today; backfill compaction.
Pat also became a good friend. I will miss our philosophical arguments that always seemed to improve as the count of emptied wine bottles rose.
Pat's funeral will commence at 10:30am on Thursday, Feb 7th 2013 at Rosebud Funerals, 125 Jetty Road Rosebud (VIC).