I was greatly shocked and saddened when I heard of the sudden death of my good friend Mark.
Mark was a regular at branch meetings and Socialist Worker sales. The son of a miner, he first became politically active during the Miners’ Strike of 1984-5.
He joined the Socialist Workers Party in 1985 and comrades remember the young Mark’s passion and resolve to fight for a better world.
This was something that never left him, although health problems in recent years meant he could not participate to the extent he would have wished.
He came back from the Marxism 2010 event inspired, reinvigorated and determined to build the fightback.
True to his word, he was soon out selling Socialist Worker with a young comrade outside the mosque and council workplaces.
Mark had a wonderful way with words, writing a regular column for a community newspaper. Socialist Worker readers will remember his witty and insightful letters.
An avid reader, he had a strong grasp of Marxist theory but when he spoke in meetings he spoke from the heart.
He found examples from his own life and experience to illustrate his points. This found a resonance with many of us and stayed in our minds.
Mark is sadly missed by his son Jack, his mother Joyce and his brother Paul. His comrades in Edinburgh will miss him and never forget him.
Anwar Ditta, a heroic anti-racist campaigner, died last week.