On behalf of the AFA Board, Management and Members, we observe the sad passings of Wolfgang Schubert, founder of Burgtec Australasia Pty Ltd, who passed way on 9 January, and of Sonja, his beloved wife of 62 years, 9 weeks earlier, on 6 November.
 
Wolfgang and Sonja emigrated to Western Australian from Germany in 1953 unable to speak English, but with a vitality and commitment to work hard and succeed. Their wholly-owned West Australian family run company, has been in operation for over 35 years in the superior office furniture sector. Their philosophy is upheld by their son Franz, who is now Managing Director and continues to be the mainstay of the company.
 
Franz was former President of the Furnishing Industry Association of Australia West Australian chapter and at the forefront of the evolution of the current Australian Furniture Association. The Schubert family is highly respected and wonderful contributors to the industry. Our sincere condolences to the families of Franz, Rosanna, Gloria and Steve.