The small business community is mourning the passing of one of its greatest supporters, buy viagra Peter Judkins. Peter passed away last week after complications with a long illness.
Peter has been involved in the small business community since the 1970s. He was chairman of COSBOA in the 1980s and again in 1991. Peter has been a supporter of COSBOA since its inception and has always been there when needed. Indeed he helped see off many attempts from people to use COSBOA for personal gain rather than for the benefit of the small business community and hearing some of his war stories from the past was always entertaining.
Peter continued working up to his final days and was the Executive Officer for several business associations including: the National Independent Retailers Association (NIRA); the Furnishers Society of Victoria (FSV); and the Australian Driver Trainers Association.
In the past Peter was also involved with the Lottery Agents Association of Victoria; the Restaurant and Catering association and VECCI. Peter started his career with small business associations in the 1970s with the Metal Trades Industry Association. He also spent many years working with CAMBA as Executive Director and as a long term Director.
Rob Bastion who was CEO of COSBOA from 1984 to 2002 remembers Peter as the first point of call on the full range of policy and business issues or when he needed advice on some trouble that was brewing.
Peter was always motivated by assisting the person in business and the times when he was most angry and upset was when he saw a business close and a person lose their livelihood due to the behaviour of larger businesses and the unfairness of legal process. His belief in the person in business kept him involved long after most people would have retired.
His influence went far beyond the jobs he held and he was involved in many meetings with politicians and policy maker’s at the most senior levels. He was always polite but also very firm during meetings and negotiations and he had the respect of those with whom he dealt. People always knew what Peter thought and the reasons behind his beliefs.
On my part I first met Peter in 1996 when I was doing some work for COSBOA and we developed a working relationship and then a firm friendship. I spent some time as Executive Officer for NIRA before moving into the COSBOA role and like Rob Bastion I found that Peter was one of the first people I would contact when I needed sage advice or I needed to discuss some difficult policy issue. Certainly through the rigours of association politics Peter was always there and always a great supporter.
Most people would never have heard of Peter Judkins as he left the limelight to others and remained a very private person, generic but those who knew him know that he was a rock of our community and one of the unsung heroes of small business.
As always the greater loss is for family and our thought go out to Peter’s wife of 49 years, Margaret, and to his children Andrew and Craig and his grand children Matthew, Anthony, Nicholas and Charlotte.