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Monday, 20 August 2018
Page: 7863

Mr HOGAN (PageDeputy Speaker) (16:11): Bill Tyrrell of Goonellabah is a very special person. For the last 41 years Bill has worked at the Lismore Base Hospital as a specialist nurse in stomal therapy and continence management—or, as he likes to call himself, the poo and wee man of Lismore! He says that title always brings a smile to the faces of his patients.

Bill started his training as a registered nurse at Lismore Base Hospital in February 1977. His skills were to always make people feel comfortable as he nursed them, and it was a job he loved. He was seen by his peers as a practical Samaritan. Bill's popularity is evident in that he had five farewells thrown by his co-workers. Everyone I have spoken to about Bill, including my wife, Karen, says what a special person he is. Always going above and beyond the call of duty for patients, many say he is irreplaceable.

Bill plans to take up golf and get involved in community work. Along with his wife, Lois, he plans on spending more time with his family. He has two daughters, Amy and Jenna, and his three little grandsons—James, Leo and Thomas—will see a lot more of their pa. Bill, on behalf of our community, thank you for the 41 years of care you have given to us.