Statement from Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes on the passing of the Hon. Richard Face

02 Aug 2023

It’s with much sadness that I acknowledge the passing of the Hon. (Richard) Jack Richard Face, former State Member for Charlestown, Minister for Gaming and Racing and Minister Assisting the Premier on Hunter Development in the Carr Labor Government, who passed away peacefully last night.

Born in Merewether and attending Merewether Public School, Broadmeadow High School and Newcastle Technical College, Richard served as the Labor State Member for Charlestown from 1972 to 2003.

Richard was a very strong supporter of local government and played an integral role in preserving the Glenrock State Conservation Area for the community. He worked closely with my mum and dad on that important campaign.

Richard was always generous with his advice, time and guidance, and was a man with true Labor values who always strongly supported me running for Council - first as a Councillor, and then as Lord Mayor.

On behalf of the City of Newcastle, the elected Council and all Novocastrians, I pass on my sincerest condolences to Richard’s partner Gay, and his family and friends.

A celebration of Richard’s life, his contribution to public policy and the Labor movement will be held on Wednesday, 9 August at Pettigrew Family Funerals, Mayfield West at 12 noon.