Vale Francis ‘Frank' Phillip Dean

Deputy National Secretary Mick Doleman paid tribute to Frank Dean who passed away on Sunday a couple of days shy of his 82nd birthday.

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The MUA mourned the passing of Francis ‘Frank’ Phillip Dean. Deputy National Secretary Mick Doleman said Dean was one of the great rank and file trade unionists..

“Frank went to sea in 1948 and gave great service to the SUA and later the MUA up until his retirement in 2002,” he said.

“A rock solid delegate who could be relied upon at a moment’s notice, Frank was a living legend of the SUA and MUA.

“I always remember Frank’s personal archives, where he would regularly furnish me with industrial judgments from 30 years past or a tattered newspaper cutting of some relevant issue that had its origins in the 1960s and 70s.

“Frank was well-read, well-respected and one half of the great equation with his beautiful wife Liz, who was an activist and deep supporter of the seamen’s unions.

“My deepest condolences go to his whole family. Frank’s legacy will always be remembered in the hearts and pages of the union he loved.”

Dean was a long-standing delegate on the tugs in the Port of Melbourne.

Even after his retirement in 2002 he remained very active within the union.

The MUA family offers their condolences to his family –Liz, Bernie, Amanda, Phil and Paul, as well as his grandchildren Sam, Luke; Jessie, Ally, Annabelle and Jordy.

Funeral details: 11am, Friday, Febriary 21 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. 210 Richardson Street, Middle Park, Victoria, 3206.

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