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Tribute to Jeremy Ball

Kim Booth

Kim Booth  -  Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tags: Condolence

Greens Leader and Member for Bass Kim Booth MP today paid personal tribute to Launceston Deputy Mayor, Jeremy Ball, describing him as a close friend and colleague with whom he had worked with closely over the years.

“On behalf of the Tasmanian Greens State Parliamentary team, I extend our most sincere and deepest condolences to Jeremy’s wife, Karina, their two beautiful boys of whom he was so proud, Griffin and Jasper, his loving parents John and Caroline, his brothers and their families, as well as his many friends and workmates,” Mr Booth said.

“Jeremy, I and others of my team, go back before the 2002 state election when he was my campaign manager. Jeremy’s enthusiasm and dedication played an instrumental role in my successful election that year, and he then continued on working for me as my Executive Assistant in my Bass electorate office until 2009, after which he carved his own enthusiastic path, representing the people of Launceston on Council as Deputy Mayor.”

“The tragic death of Jeremy leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of so many Tasmanians who valued him both as a person and as an advocate for all the best things in Tasmania.”

“Jeremy was a passionate, hard-working and loyal team member, with an outrageous sense of humour and an all encompassing love of life and Tasmania.”

“It was a privilege to work with Jeremy as both a colleague and a close mate, over the years.”

“Jeremy Ball will be remembered for his courage, passion and determination, with which he stood up with the community, over issues which affected them, especially the pulp mill, pokies and for those doing it tough.”

“He was instrumental in bringing progressive politics to the Launceston Council, addressing local and global issues such as his action on climate change, the pulp mill, heritage and bicycle lanes to name a few.”

“The Greens feel this tragic loss of Jeremy keenly.”

“Personally, I have lost a dear friend and a colleague, with whom I shared so many laughs and adventures.”

“Jeremy touched so many hearts and Tasmania is a lesser place without him.”

“Jeremy’s untimely death serves as a reminder to us all just how important the people in our lives are, and that we must treasure them while we can,” Mr Booth said.