COCA Letter of Condolence
Dear Mrs Lammond and family,
On behalf of the Coalition of Marriage Celebrant Associations, may I offer sincere condolence to you and your loved ones, on the tragic loss of Keith.
His ebullient ways have been appreciated over many years as a delegate to this Coalition, which is one of the largest associations in Australian celebrancy. Keith’s sense of humour, his anecdotes, and his dedication to his role as a marriage celebrant has been noted by many of his peers.
In tributes on our website and many other websites, it is noted that Keith has inspired with his training skills, made us laugh with his stories and generally contributed greatly to the community in his role as trainer, and as a celebrant. He was always dignified, smartly dressed, and was described by a colleague as the “epitome of a good celebrant.”
In particular, Keith was a member of the Coalition working party which developed the 2012 submission on Professionalism and the Proposed Cost Recovery Fee. In 2012 he represented the CoCA submission at the NSW hearing of the Commonwealth House Standing Committee on Social policy and Legal Affairs into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill.
He was concerned about the Ministers of Recognised Religions not being held to the same account as Commonwealth celebrants, and raised concerns from time to time about specific ministers of religion not adhering to their specific roles i.e. quote “making a business out of marrying couples” unquote.
In these days of many changes Keith was respected for his opinions, which were always delivered with a strong voice, and belief in the privilege of being a civil celebrant, both with marriage and funeral and other ceremonies.
His loss is keenly felt by his colleagues, but no more so than by the people who loved him.
Our thoughts across the nation are of you all, at this sad time.
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Coalition of Celebrants Association (CoCA) Inc.