Rej Jones, an internationalist and socialist to his core, died a few days before Christmas. He will be greatly missed by socialists and trade unionists in Swansea and across South Wales and beyond.
As a young student at Swansea university in October 1968, Rej played a leading role in the campaign against Apartheid.
He helped to bring thousands of anti-racists to the St Helens rugby ground to stop the racist South African team playing Swansea.
As thousands battled the police outside the ground, hundreds more inside did all they could to stop the match. In the process many were beaten up and manhandled by stewards, the police and violent rugby supporters.
Rej later worked as a much-respected teacher in Swansea. Many of his colleagues and friends packed into the service at Margam crematorium to say their farewell.
He was an activist in the National Union of Teachers and took part in many of its campaigns over the past 40 years.
Rej was also a talented poet. Much of his work—which can be read on the poetry blog, “A Fistful Of Poetry”—deals with the fight of Palestinian people for freedom and justice.
He was also a leading member of the Welsh Chess Union and enjoyed bird watching and walking. Our sympathies go to his wife Cath and children Sally and Richard. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.
You can read some of Rej’s poetry at the Fistful of Poetry website, www.fistfulofpoetry.com