Bartley Willcock, who died last week, was a much valued comrade. He brought tremendous energy, humour and determination to the struggle for a better world.
Workers, socialists and campaigners will remember Bartley as the ever-present representative of the Manchester pensioners’ movement. He was a leading figure in Manchester TUC pensioners’ association.
Bartley came to every picket line, anti-racist protest and battle against cuts and austerity. He was particularly active in the campaign to defend victimised health worker Karen Reissmann in the 2000s.
He was a staunch defender of the NHS, frequently telling people of what it was like before the NHS was set up
Bartley led an immensely rich life. He did national service in the army during the 1950s and then worked in the copper industry, where he was a union shop steward.
He then worked in the engineering industry and in Manchester University’s chemistry department.
Bartley loved the cinema and talking about films, both old and new.
Bartley joined the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in 1991 and was a member for nearly 25 years before parting from the organisation in 2014.
He was a strong voice against oppression and exploitation. Condolences from all of us to his friends and comrades.