Our Federation has lost a soldier, a leader, and to many of us, a dear friend. Willem Zuidveld passed away following a relapse of cancer in the afternoon of Monday 24 April 2017.

He fought a long and courageous battle; he was the kind of man that would win any fight, and many of us thought he had beat this too. Sadly that was not the case.

We shall however not let this take from us the memories of his life. Not only was he an inspiration and a mentor to many, he was also a joker and the life of many a party. He was a good man, always with a smile on his face, a heart of gold and a willingness to help anyone he could, and with a proud dedication to his profession.

Willem was very active within his own association, The Netherlands Guild of Air Traffic Controllers, and within IFATCA. Willem proudly and ably represented the Federation on many occasions, and will be known to many to have attended our conferences. He was part of our IFATCA family and will be sadly missed. We will honour him at our conference in Toronto next month.

On behalf of all members of IFATCA, the Executive Board expresses its deepest condolences to Willem's family, friends and colleagues.