When I heard of the death of Bob Smith at the age of 51, like most comrades and friends of his, I was completely shocked and saddened.
Bob was murdered three weeks ago on his way home from a night out.
Everyone who knew him, knew that he was extremely kind and mild-mannered. Never did Bob express a word, or make a gesture, in anger.
Bob was a revolutionary socialist all of his life. More than 30 years ago he joined the International Socialists, which later became the SWP. Bob firmly opposed war and oppression.
Bob believed strongly in the need for a revolutionary paper and for many years he was the Socialist Worker paper organiser for Dundee branch.
In fact in all of the years that he was an activist for the SWP he sold the paper every Saturday for many an hour in all weather conditions.
Bob was also a committed anti-fascist and opponent of racism and travelled all over Britain to demonstrate his opposition to these divisive evils.
Bob was an active member of the T&G union and also a committee member of the Dundee Trades Council Social Club.
Like many socialists during the Great Miners Strike of 1984-1985 he threw himself into supporting their fight for justice and in solidarity collected bucket donations every Saturday for many months.
We will miss him dearly, and our thoughts are with his family at this time, especially his mother.