Comrades in Sheffield were sad to hear of the tragic passing earlier this year of Dave Fisher.
He had a wry sense of humour and was a mean mover on the dancefloor. He could roll and smoke the thinnest cigarette possible.
He had joined the International Socialists—forerunner to the Socialist Workers Party—as an engineering student at Sheffield Poly in the mid 1970s.
He honed his politics through two student occupations—one for a week inside the local education offices.
He was a mainstay of the Sheffield SWP district from the early days of Margaret Thatcher’s government, right through the steel and miners’ strikes.
He was there through the poll tax battles and some of the recent election campaigns for a socialist alternative.
In recent years poor health did not allow him to be as involved as he wanted, and he became more of a loner.
Dave worked tirelessly in the tenants’ movement and was a well known and respected activist in Pitsmoor where he lived for many years.
However frustratingly late he could be at times, it was Dave you wanted by your side when visiting contacts or new members. He had an ability to listen patiently, and then to gently and enthusiastically explain even the most complex Marxist theories in an accessible way.
He ran the district bookstall for many years and his knowledge and spirit will be missed by all. He combined great commitment with theoretical knowledge and would speak with quiet confidence.
He gained respect from activists he campaigned with throughout the years.
Although he often struggled against his own personal demons, there was nothing more Dave enjoyed then being in the company of friends and comrades and a good knees-up.
Plenty of nights at the Irish Club saw him either on the dance floor or in deep discussion.
He was key to Sheffield Stop the War Coalition from its foundation. Come rain or shine he ensured the Stop the War stall was present wherever other campaigns, struggles, demonstrations or public meetings were happening.
The revolutionary cause has lost a true socialist.