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Minister Kean Pays Tribute to Barry Sumpton

27 September 2018

Mr MATT KEAN (Hornsby—Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation) (16:54): It is with a heavy heart that I pay tribute to a great man, Barry Sumpton, who was taken from us far too early. Barry was an outstanding educator whose passion for education and genuine care for every student saw him make a remarkable impact across the community. Thousands of people have been able to realise their potential thanks to the dedication, passion and outstanding education they received from Barry Sumpton. He was known for his love of literature, music and his genuine care for every student he came across.

Barry had a distinguished career as a teacher and school leader. In retirement, he continued to give back to the profession by mentoring and supporting new teachers on a voluntary basis, particularly at the Hornsby North Public School. He was as good a man as anyone will ever meet. He always had time, a kind word and a big smile for those he met. Barry's other passion was, of course, his beautiful family. His wife, Maree, was the love of his life; they were the perfect partnership. His daughter, Katie, and son, Dan, are remarkable people—as one would expect with the parents they had. He leaves us far too soon and will be greatly missed by the entire Hornsby community and education fraternity. Rest in peace, my friend.