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Joan Powell, 1919-2007

Issue No. 2061

Joan Powell

Joan Powell

Joan Powell, who sadly died last week, was a well-known socialist activist from Manchester. Joan was born in Denton, Manchester, in 1919 into a family of working class communists.

Her parents and grandfather were founder members of the Communist Party and Joan was involved in the Communist Party, fighting for many causes.

Her disgust at the injustices of capitalism was at the heart of her constant energy in the fight for justice.

In 1978, Joan was one of the founder members of the Manchester TUC Pensioners' Association. She was treasurer of this organisation for many years, working alongside Tom, her husband, until his death.

She then took over as secretary and treasurer until about six years ago when poor health made it difficult for her to continue.

She continued to be politically active until recently. Her last protest was the Stop the War demonstration in Manchester last September, which she attended with her daughter, granddaughter and best friend Edna.

Joan attended the Marxism conference every year for the past eight years and was very put out that she was in hospital this year and couldn't go. She said she found the presence of so many enthusiastic socialists inspiring.

Joan was a good friend, a wonderful parent and grandparent, and a strong, angry comrade. She always knew that we would win a better world with a united working class and an inspired socialist leadership.

Joan's funeral will take place at Lambeth Crematorium on Friday 27 July at 2.45pm.

No flowers please, instead send donations to the Stop the War Coalition.

There will also be a celebration of her life in Manchester in the near future.

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Tue 24 Jul 2007, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2061
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