OPINION: Steve worked to the end for his community
BEFORE my meeting with Steve Jones last Thursday afternoon we had met just a few times.
I had asked Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale if I could attend the Thursday conference he was having with Steve and Graeme Lehmann, the Mayor of Somerset.
I wanted to tell them both in person of the QT's plans to embrace their electorates more and how we were going to achieve that.
Steve was particularly happy to hear this, although he pointed out he had a strong relationship with the team at our sister paper, the Gatton Star.
He was in his usual jovial mood and said he welcomed stronger press attention to his district.
I was looking forward to getting to know this man more in the future as I handed over my business card.
It was a fateful moment and probably his last piece of official business as a representative of the Lockyer Valley.
He was working to the very last to help promote a community he had served for many years.
We all talk about living every day and not looking back, but we seldom adhere to that mantra.
Steve Jones was a man who did live every day to the fullest.
I trust when his many friends bid him farewell this week, it will be a joyous occasion celebrating a life fulfilled.
I am sure that is how he would like it to be.