This is a brief post to mark the passing of a truly inspirational lawyer. I have been privileged to meet Frank Costigan on a number of occasions a various functions for Arbitrators arranged by the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, Australia (IAMA).
Despite his courage and fame associated with tackling organised crime in Australia during the 1980s (The Costigan Royal Commission), I met a gentle, caring and gracious human being.
Franks credo is well worth reflecting upon:
“ … No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; … any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee …” – John Donne
“Meditation XVII: Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris”
If the mark of greatness is making a difference in this world, Frank Costigan QC certainly achieved greatness.