COMRADES AND friends will be deeply saddened to hear that Bob Pether has died at the age of 55, from cancer. Bob was an active trade unionist, first in the Inland Revenue Staff Federation and later in Cohse. He was part of the group in the 1970s that produced Revenue Rank and File, a tabloid that terrified top union bureaucrats.
It argued that the strength of the union was in rank and file action, not clever negotiation. He joined the SWP in 1977, after the Nazi National Front march in Lewisham that year.
He said any remaining political doubts were trivial compared to the overwhelming need to be in a party with the political analysis and collective organisation to smash the fascists. He was a much loved member of St Albans branch, and continued to be an active supporter after moving to Luton.
Bob was a fine classical composer and pianist. For years he played the piano for the Internationale at the end of the SWP's Easter event at Skegness. His party piece was a rendition of the song The Socialist ABC, ideally performed in the presence of a Labour MP.
His friends are invited to join Bob's family in remembering and celebrating what we loved about him. A short commemoration will take place at Stopsley Crematorium, Luton, at 1.45pm on Monday 27 May. Please send donations in Bob's memory to the Anti Nazi League.