Stephen van Wessem died on Sunday 15 March 2009 as a result of brain injury sustained in a bicycling accident on Bobbin Head road in Sydney on 15 February 2009. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Stephen will long be remembered in Melbourne and Sydney following his career in electrical retail and wholesale.

Starting as a salesman in Victoria in the 1970s, van Wessem became general manager of buying at Brashs before he moved to Rentlo as general manager.

A move to Sydney saw him appointed as CEO of Philips Lighting Australia and New Zealand. The role of CEO at Jaycar Electronics followed before he opted for a sea change and opened a CD store in St Ives. He then went on to spend the past two years as a mortgage adviser with Aussie home loans.

Stephen van Wessem will be remembered and missed as a sincere friend, meticulous manager, a great team leader and mentor. He loved life, food, wine, music, karaoke, kayaking and most of all, life with his family. He is survived by his wife Sue, and three daughters Kobie Heidi and Emily, brothers Pieter, Kim and Shaun, his mother Rosemary and father Gert.