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From Stephen Sims

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at 02:11 am on July 28, 2016

Meredith, Josh, Zane, family members, colleagues and friends.

Albert Einstein said, “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” Rob was a man who gave.

He gave much to his family, his friends and he gave much to his work.

I am here to speak on behalf of all of his Brennan IT family and I would like to speak in celebration of his life.

I have had the pleasure and privilege of working very closely with Rob for over 5 years as part of my management team. If I only had one word to describe Rob, it would be “happy”. Rob was the guy who would walk into a room, enthusiastically greeting everyone with a "Morning All" at the top of his voice, and immediately lighting up our day.

Rob was generous to a fault and was always willing to help a colleague or “take one for the team” and I think it will be his friendly disposition that we will all miss the most.

Every year at Brennan IT we hold an annual kick-off. And I think it was Rob's first kick-off with us when he had to do a presentation on stage. I was scoring the presentations and creativity and passion where part if the scoring. As we all know, Rob was not the smallest man, he probably didn’t have the best body in the world, but he jumped up on stage and the first thing he did was rip his shirt off and threw it into the crowd. This was his way of showing his passion and doing whatever it takes to score some points for his team, sacrificing his own humility.

Rob wasn't just a great guy he was also very competent and successful in the work place. Rob joined us to lead our hardware and software practice and he doubled the size of the business within 3 years. During a time where the industry was forecasted slow growth - he made it happen. What Rob achieved really was remarkable.

Rob was living proof of how fine a person can be. He was a great leader to the people in his charge, a loving husband to his wife, and a devoted father to his two boys. He was extremely proud of his family and would talk about them at every opportunity.

He was also a good friend to many of us and a great colleague. The character of the life he lived might be summed up in a few words: he was sincere, he was honest, he was loyal, he was passionate, he was gentle, he was friendly, he was warm and he was happy.

Rob led his team in such a way that he exemplified leadership. He gave energy, commitment and inspiration to his staff and to others with whom he worked with. Rob was always willing to share his ideas and information - he was passionately interested in the IT industry.

On a personal level, every one of us who knew Rob and worked alongside him will remember him with great affection. When all is said and done, however much you like your work, it’s the people that you meet at work, that really matter and colleagues like Rob are something very special; you don’t come across many of them and when you do, they leave a lasting impression.

I was lucky enough to spend a few hours with Rob and Meredith in hospital just before he passed away. We spent that time sharing stories and laughing about all the fun we have had over the years. When I looked Rob in the eyes to say goodbye for the very last time, I asked him if there is anything I could do for him or his family, in typical Rob style, he simply said “be happy”.

I feel honoured to have been able to spend that time with Rob and that is such a beautiful memory that I will have and I encourage all of you to also think about Rob in that way. Happy.

Meredith, Josh, Zane our hearts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

It is not the years in a life that counts; it is the life lived in those years. Ladies and Gentlemen, let's celebrate the life Rob lived. We will miss him but his memories will stay with us always.

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