ACTIVISTS in Telford were sorry to hear of the death of Stan Ogston at 78.
Stan was a Nalgo union steward in British Gas until retirement, when he decided to get active politically.
He joined the Socialist Workers Party in 1992 and was especially inspired by the writings of Trotsky, who he would quote whenever the opportunity arose.
Always willing to work with others, Stan played a central role in many local campaigns, including Telford Pensioners Action Group, Telford Trades Council and the Unison Retired Members Group.
Stan was known as “the youngest member of the branch” inside Telford SWP because of his energy and enthusiasm.
His stamina was evident in his willingness to cycle around town to any activity, as well as his ability to drink anyone under the table.
Despite declining health, Stan remained cheerful and optimistic.
When asked how he was, he would simply smile and say, “Still breathing, you know.”
In his final days Stan remained concerned with confronting injustice, such as the crisis in Sudan.
Those who knew him will remember a sweet and gentle man who was nevertheless angry to the end about the crimes of capitalism.