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Appreciation For Andy Viner By Richard Baxter

So much to say and so small a number of characters to say it with.

Andy was the real deal and we will be exceedingly lucky if we ever see another rep of his calibre again and his untimely death is a tragic loss, not just to his family but also to his other "family", ASLEF and District Eight.

I knew Andy (and didn't know him at all, in some respects) for about fifteen years. Most mortals might have buckled with the untimely passing of their partner but not Andy, he just girded his loins and carried on, drawing in on the family maybe but, still carrying on sustaining them during a time of terrible sadness and then, on his return to work, he picked up the batton and carried on where he had laid off, strengthend by the sucess of his daughters endeavours.

His greatest strength was his strength, nobody put in the sheer amount of time that Andy did, he just didn't stop and ASLEF wasn't enough for him as other online obituries can attest to. However he was always able to find time to listen to an individual and then impart good advice and also, to activate those who didn't initially leap to the cause.
I was one such person and now, like he, I find myself at the Council level....all because the "little fella" said "How'd you fancy taking on the reps job"?

Andy, thanks for fifteen years of "showing the way" and latterly, a growing friendship that extended to crib nights at your local and a closer friendship born of time served.

You most certainly won't be forgotten but by heaven, you will be sadly missed by many people for many years to come, truly a little big man.

Added on: 2 August 2011


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