Bruce Dover environmentalist, died of mesothelioma last Sunday after a short devastating illness. He was surrounded by love in his last 2 months. He got the poison in his lungs decades ago working in a glass factory. A good life taken early in his sixties, a family guy with 4 sons and various grandchildren.
.......and tried his best to close the Eden chipmill for 20 years.
He spent the last 8 years killing noxious bitou bush in Botany Bay National Park where his ashes now lie as of yesterday.
His sons, half brothers from 14 to 20 something, are shown below after the friends and family have started walking back to the carpark. Earlier they posed for a picture but this one shows them in their private thoughts in a sense still looking up to their beloved dad:
More images of Bruce's environmental activism follow including letter from Minister Peter Garrett
, pics taken by Bruce of the Japanese Ambassador in Canberra
, of the director of The Wilderness Society Alec Marr on the road outside the chipmill.
Of outdoor exploits and beloved family.
Rest in peace Bruce Dover, founding member of the ACF Forest Campaign Group in Sydney since the mid 1980ies.
----- Original Message -----Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2008 12:51 PMSubject: [chipstop] vale Bruce
Some very sad news - our old friend and colleague Bruce Dover from the ACF Forest Campaign Group in Sydney Bruce lost his battle with mesothelioma this morning.
Longer term campaigners will remember Bruce for his prominent role in the Walk Against Woodchips (x2), the charcoal campaign, Forests for Water Roadshow, Threatened Species roadshow and many other forest campaigns.
When a few of us occupied the chipmill office a few years ago, it was Bruce in the guise of a camera toting “tourist” who recorded the event on film as we were thrown out. His photo of Keith airborn in mid flight exiting the office is still one of our most prized possessions.
Bruce loved nature and never wavered in his commitment to end woodchipping. He told me a couple of weeks ago that his biggest regret .... is that woodchipping goes on, in spite of all our efforts.
Yes we can end it!