On 24th July, Herb St Pierre celebrated being 90 years young

Herb has been a member of the Rockhampton renal family for the past 41 years.  Herb’s wife Val commenced haemodialysis in May 1976 in the Rockhampton Hospital, and later commenced home haemodialysis.

Val, Herb and their young children were a team.  Herb continued to work at Qld Aluminium. Very involved with church and local community they absorbed ‘dialysis’ into their daily lives. This wonderful supportive family managed home dialysis until Val received a kidney transplant in December 1982. In July 1991 Val again required dialysis, with home-based Peritoneal dialysis which kept them in their community and fully involved.

In 1993 Val transferred to hospital haemodialysis. This changed things, with Herb (and friends) as dedicated volunteer drivers – Gladstone to Rockhampton, 3 times per week for Val’s dialysis.  Val holidayed and dialysed in several different units around the country, always with Herb at her side.  Sadly, Val passed away in 2004, and is fondly remembered by our renal family.

During this time and since, Herb has been involved with the local kidney patient support group, fundraising and assisting with the annual “Service of Remembrance” for organ donation. 

Herb continues his involvement in church and community organisations and with the local branch of Kidney Support Network, formed in 2005 with Herb as our “treasurer” (and continues to hold the purse strings) a very valued friend.  This year the Rockhampton area presented its 25th “Annual Service of Remembrance” with DonateLife, with Herb as MC for perhaps the 10th year.  Herb never tires of the drive between Gladstone and Rockhampton for many meetings for KSN or his local church or for family.

Herb along, with Heather Miles and Pat Howard are great organisers of the Gladstone Patient morning teas and numerous fundraising activities. It was Pat’s great idea to hold a surprise (early) 90th Birthday lunch for Herb on 16th June.  Herb was surprised and loved the attention almost as much as we loved giving Herb a celebration.

Herb has turned 90 and has recently stopped playing tennis and taken up lawn bowls. His dedication to his church, local community and KSN is not waning.

The local KSN and renal family wish Herb a wonderful 90th Birthday and hope he enjoys his family celebrations.

Herb has an early celebration with Katrina, Helen and Heather.