Our good friend and comrade Colin Vetters has died after being diagnosed with a virulent cancer in February of last year.
Colin was a principled trade union activist all his working life, a warm-hearted socialist schoolteacher and a committed anti-racist and anti-fascist campaigner.
Born in 1966, Colin grew in Pollok, the large post-war council estate on Glasgow’s Southside.
A clever pupil, he left school to study science at Strathclyde University, where in 1985 he joined the Socialist Worker Student Society and the SWP. After graduating he worked for a time as an NHS lab technician before completing his teacher training at the end of the 1980s.
After that, he taught at Paisley Grammar School until a few years ago, when he, his partner Amy and their children moved to Dumfries.
Colin was a committed EIS activist both at work and in the union.
He won enormous respect from his workmates and union colleagues. He was a regular delegate to the annual EIS National conference, where he would proudly sell Socialist Worker.
He was a stalwart in refugee rights work and was instrumental in launching Stand Up To Racism in Paisley.
He organised its first public meeting with speakers from his own union and from Paisley TUC, where he was an EIS delegate.
He continued this work when he later moved to Dumfries, particularly around the Black Lives Matter movement.
Colin was curious, co‑operative, enthusiastic and lively. He remained the friendliest, kindest and most modest of comrades.
He was a committed party member, even latterly during declining health, which he faced with a great inner strength.
He made many friends and was a source of inspiration and enjoyment to them, especially the comrades and colleagues he worked alongside.
We all miss him. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his parents Frances and Tommy, his children Tony, Madeline and Nicole, their mum Amy, and his sisters Julie and Fiona.
Family members are rightly proud of him and have been comforted by the breadth of fondness and respect expressed for Colin at this difficult time.
Colin’s funeral takes place on Saturday 15 January at 11am at the Hurlet Crematorium, Glasgow Road, G53 7TH.
While his family welcome friends to attend they are very conscious of the threat posed by Covid.
They have arranged a video link, which can be watched live or via a recording being made available for up to seven days after the funeral.
For details, message with your email address on Facebook at facebook.com/colin.vetters
Anwar Ditta, a heroic anti-racist campaigner, died last week.