Members of the Lithgow Australian Labor Party were saddened to hear of the recent passing of active branch member George Schurr.
George was a life member of the Labor Party, a tireless worker during election campaigns and a dedicated unionist, according to Lithgow ALP president Susan Gregory.
"It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of George Schurr," Susan Gregory said.
George Schurr started his career in the NSW railways in Mudgee. He came to Lithgow "on loan" but stayed, having met Shirley who became his wife.
George became a train driver, first of freight trains and, later in his life, of passenger trains.
He was for many years the union rep in Lithgow for the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen and represented the area on the union's Divisional Council.
In the years of Mick Clough's and Gerard Martin's representation of Lithgow in the NSW Parliament George was the President of the Railway Committee which made recommendations to government on improvements to railway services.
George, along with Bryan Williamson, Vern Moffitt and Greg Stanton represented the Lithgow area on the Lachlan Regional Transport Committee.
Not content with simply being an active unionist, George also served as an Alderman on Lithgow Council.
George spent his last years at Three Tree Lodge and he is survived by Shirley, their two daughters and his grandchildren.
"It's very sad to be losing this generation of Labor members," Ms Gregory said.
"Their commitment to Labor principles and to their unions gave today's workers the good conditions that they now enjoy.
"We won't see their like again."
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