Statement by Alistair Coe on the passing of Steve Doszpot MLA

The Canberra Liberals are in mourning at the passing of Steve Doszpot MLA.

Steve was a great Canberran who served this City with distinction for more than 40 years.

Steve’s experience of escaping communism with his family in the 1950s was instrumental in shaping his values and philosophy. He generously shared the story of how he became a citizen as a way of describing his love for Australia and Canberra. Steve’s story of arriving as a refugee to becoming a successful business person and politician is a tribute to his work ethic and the opportunities that Australia offers.

In the 20 years I knew Steve, I learnt a great deal from him. Be it through his leadership of Soccer Canberra, the professionalism with which he carried out his SOCOG role, his corporate experience or his Assembly position, he always conducted himself with compassion, wisdom and humour.

Through his 12 month battle with cancer, his extraordinary humility, dignity, faith and commitment to family was an inspiration to all. Despite the aggressive cancer, Steve would regularly say that he was lucky and that there were many who were doing it tougher than he was. During a period when he had every excuse to be self-absorbed, he was selfless.

My colleagues and I will miss him very much.

He had a massive network of friends, extensive experience, great humour, determination and compassion.

Although we knew him best through our professional lives, we all knew that it was his family that defined him. His wife Maureen, his kids Adam and Amy and their spouses, and his grand children were always front-of-mind for Steve. His life was lived in service of his family and community.

We will miss Steve enormously and my prayers are with Maureen and the family at this time.