The Irish poet William Butler Yeats implored that one should think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. This epitomised Adrian Stubbs, a past mayor and serving councillor of the City of Stonnington, who sadly passed away last Sunday.
Adrian Stubbs was elected to Stonnington council in November 2012 to represent east ward. A long-time Rotarian and former president of the Chadstone-East Malvern Rotary Club, Adrian personified the Rotarian ethos of service above self. Adrian brought his career experience in IT and financial planning to the council chamber. The respect with which he was held by his fellow councillors saw him elected as the mayor of Stonnington for the 2013–14 year, while serving only his first term on council.
According to council records, Cr Stubbs attended 453 functions in his term as mayor and sent over 3000 emails. He had a work ethic that was second to none, and this reflected his love of his community and his dedication to its service. In this work he was wonderfully supported by his wife, Carole, and I record my condolences to her and to their sons, Anthony and Luke, at this most difficult time.
As mayor, Adrian was not afraid to ruffle feathers in standing up for Stonnington. Even the Leader of the Opposition, in his former role as Minister for Planning, crossed swords with Adrian on a couple of occasions, although I think the then planning minister soon realised that Adrian was not one for backing down. He may have even seen him as a kindred spirit in that regard.
Adrian passed away suddenly last Sunday at the age of 62. This was far too soon for a man with so much energy and so much to give. I place on record my admiration for the service of Adrian Stubbs to the people of Stonnington and my sorrow on his passing.