The late John Moxon AM of Northmead was honoured for significant service to community health, and to people with physical disability.
His wife Margaret said: “I am so proud of him but really sad that he didn’t know about it before he died.”
The disability advocate passed away in September 2022 after contracting COVID. He was 83.
John had spent over 52 years as a C7/8 [vertebrae] quadriplegic wheelchair user. He was injured in a racing accident at the Oran Park race track in 1970 when his car crashed into a wall and he broke his neck.
He was central to the formation of the Physical Disability Council of NSW and was president (1996 – 2002).
He was also a founding member and President of the Physical Disability Council of Australia which was set up in 1996 (now PDA), plus a Board Member and President of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia. He was involved in many organisations and services, including Computer Pals for Seniors.
His wife said he was still an active volunteer until his illness: “He was very active and very sharp right up until he died.”