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Vale Marcus de Rijk

08 Jul 2020

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Marcus de Rijk, an esteemed Southbank community resident, passed away in early June following a tragic accident. 

Born in Holland in 1968, Marcus moved to Australia with his family as a teenager where he made Melbourne his home. 

In the ensuing years, he studied at Latrobe University where he forged a career in computer science, excelling in learning management systems and delivery of online courses. Moving to RMIT in 2015, Marcus continued his commitment to ensuring accessibility and equity for all students by championing inclusive learning practices and systems. 

Committed to the community and extremely generous with his time, Marcus volunteered for several community organisations including Food Share, and the Southbank Residents’ Association (SRA), where his knowledgeable and wise advice was reflected in submissions to the City of Melbourne to improve the liveability of the Southbank precinct. 

A passion for music led to Marcus entertaining crowds at events and festivals around Australia, as well as pursuing a hobby in handmade guitar making. When the Rats of Tobruk Memorial Pipes & Drums Band put a call out for new members, Marcus was quick to join, and went on to play with them for many years and became a life-long member. It was through his enthusiasm for music, that he met and married the love of his life and fellow musician, Claire, who is expecting their first baby this month. 

Marcus had a positive influence on many people’s lives as a leader, advocate, musician, volunteer, colleague, friend, or family member. His sudden passing is a great loss to our community and his absence will be deeply felt, however, his achievements, contributions and optimistic approach to life have, and will always be, an inspiration to those that have known him.

Vale Marcus de Rijk – you will be missed and always remembered •

 

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