Dean Napierski, 1978-2023
9 February 2024
Dean Napierski, Security and Campus Safety Officer, passed away in December 2023. His colleagues offer a tribute.
Dean joined the University in March 2011 as a Security Officer and Control Room Operator and soon worked his way up to a Team Leader and Acting Supervisor in Security Services department.
Dean was a natural leader and mentor. His charismatic personality and straight-to-the-point attitude inspired those around him, setting a standard that motivated others to push beyond their limits. He had a unique ability to foster collaboration and bring out the best in his colleagues. His guidance and unwavering support were truly invaluable, as were his wicked sense of humour and ability to lighten tense situations.
With Dean around, laughter was never far away – he had a knack for putting everyone at ease and relieving the stress of challenging incidents. He possessed an indomitable spirit that always managed to bring a smile to people's faces, even when they least expected it. His strong character, combined with his great personality and sense of humour, made him an absolute joy to be around. Dean just got on with things no matter what. Things that would worry him were always hard to identify, he always wore a brave face and continued his days as normal, never letting anything affect them.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Dean was an even better friend. His genuine care and compassion for others touched the lives of those fortunate enough to know him. Dean was always there to lend an ear, offer advice, or simply share a laugh. His friendship was a gift that enriched the lives of everyone he encountered. Dean was always laughing and coming out with classic comments, a lot of them very comical, especially the little dance he would do when he dropped the punchlines for his jokes or his sarcastic comebacks. Dean had a unique ability to make you feel valued and uplifted, and he had a way of reminding everyone of the preciousness of life.
Dean embraced a life filled with passion and adventure. He had an insatiable love for the great outdoors and would often embark on explorations of nature's breathtaking beauty with his two beloved sons. Although he enjoyed cycling and shooting, fishing was his favourite pastime, bringing him immeasurable joy, albeit occasionally accompanied by a pesky hangover. Dean's adventurous spirit served as a poignant reminder for all of us to embrace life's adventures and find happiness in the simplest of pleasures. His zest for life will forever remain an inspiration to us all.
Dean leaves a loving wife and two sons. His absence leaves a deep void within the entire department and among his wide circle of friends. He was undeniably larger than life friend, and we will miss him greatly.