John Thorpe AM, who served two terms as the President of AHA NSW, passed away yesterday following a long illness.

Thorpe, who sold his beloved Harbord Beach Hotel early this year, served as AHA NSW President between 1993 and 1995 and again between 1999 and 2008. He was also a former National President of the Association.

Current AHA NSW and National President Scott Leach paid tribute to his predecessor, who he said had changed the face of the hotel sector.

“The hotel industry has today lost a true legend,” Leach said.

“Mr Thorpe was a giant of the industry in every way. A true Aussie character who liked a beer and a punt, John lived and breathed hotels.

“He will be sorely missed and our thoughts go out to Trish and family at this sad time.”

Hotel industry icon Arthur Laundy said his friend of many decades, whom he remembered as a fine athlete in his youth, always had the hotel industry’s interests at heart.

“John did his best for the industry – once he went into the hotel trade he gave it his all,” Laundy said.

“He led our industry through some difficult times and we should all be very grateful for the time he gave for us all. He will be missed.”

Funeral details have not been announced.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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