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Justice Terry Connolly - a husband, father, son and, following his death, a tissue donor

Justice Terry Connolly died suddenly in the early morning of 25 September 2007 on Red Hill, having cycled to the top as part of his exercise routine. He was a Supreme Court Judge since 2003, and Master since 1996. Terry was the Member for Molonglo in 1990-1995 and served as the ACT Attorney-General and Minister in various portfolios, including Health. He and his family have lived in Canberra for many years and he was a popular Canberran.


More importantly, Terry was a husband, father, son and, following his death, a tissue donor.


Terry’s wife, Dr Helen Watchirs, says that she and Terry had discussed their wishes in relation to organ donation. This meant that at the dreadful time of death, she was clear on his wishes. Terry’s donation to the improvement of other lives has given Helen and his daughters a sense of contribution, and has helped make up for a life cut short.

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Gift of Life Incorporated is a not-for-profit association based in Canberra which aims to promote greater community awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and transplantation in the ACT and surrounding region as well as nationally in order to save many more Australian lives.

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