IT IS with deep sadness that present and past members of Portsmouth SWP record the death of Jill Molyneux last week. Jill was a lifelong socialist whose first political involvement was in solidarity with the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. She joined the International Socialists in 1972.
Jill had a very difficult life, blighted by the emotional ups and downs of what is known as manic depression, which she dealt with with great courage. Despite this she made innumerable contributions to the struggle. A profoundly humanitarian and egalitarian person, identification with the oppressed was at the core of her being.
She hated capitalism, imperialism, war and above all racism. In her youth she was very identified with the Jewish people because of the Holocaust. But she was outraged by Zionist oppression of the Palestinians. She had a long commitment to the struggle of the Chilean people against the Pinochet dictatorship and to the cause of the Mapuche, the indigenous people of the region, with whom she lived and worked for six months in 1990.
Another lifelong passion was the defence of the Roma people of whose history and culture she had exceptional knowledge. In recent years she devoted great efforts to the support of asylum seekers. In 1977 she organised a Christmas party for the firefighters' children and would have been completely behind the FBU in the current strike.
Jill was a person of wide culture who loved art, music, theatre and especially dance. She will be remembered for her insight, generosity and kindness to many. Jill was a unique character who will be missed by all who knew her, but most of all by her partner John, her children Sara and Jack, and granddaughters Lauren and Bridie.
The funeral will be at 3.30pm this Friday, 22 November, at Portchester Crematorium, Portchester, near Portsmouth.