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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 May 2020
Obituary: Rob Crabb
A nurse who fought with strength and dignity
photo by Mary Finch (Click to enlarge)
Adrian O'Malley, Unison Mid Yorkshire Health branch secretary (personal capacity) and Socialist Party
Wakefield Socialist Party members are saddened to hear of the untimely death of our longstanding comrade Rob Crabb at the age of 60 on 30 March.
Rob joined our party in the 1990s after becoming a shop steward in the Unison union branch in Wakefield hospitals.
He was a coronary care unit nurse at Pinderfields Hospital for many years, before he was forced to take ill-health retirement when he was diagnosed with cancer. Rob fought his terrible disease for over a decade with great strength and dignity.
Prior to his illness Rob stood as a Socialist Party candidate in the 2004 local elections, and was a regular attender at Socialist Party campaign stalls and events.
In the latter years, when he was unable to attend activities, he maintained his financial and political support for the party.
He was always interested and supportive of our activities, when he was unable to take part himself.
Wakefield Socialist Party members send our heartfelt commiserations to Rob's family and friends. He was a good comrade and friend, and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Rest in power, Rob.
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In The Socialist 20 May 2020:
What we think
Confidence plummets in Tory strategy for Covid-19
Resist school reopening
Staff and parents fight 'back to school' plans
Make transport safe
Transport workers & passengers mustn't pay the price
Socialist Party news and analysis
Rich get handouts - workers get pay cuts
Contract tracer speaks out: Tories' plan is outsourced chaos
Crisis in council services: Labour must fight or stand aside
Furlough cut-off could force millions back to unsafe workplaces
Safe protests against Tory corona chaos continue
Johnson claims workplaces safe but HSE cancels inspections
Workplace news and analysis
Postal workers' action results in double victory for union
Trade unionists organise to fight for workplace safety in big NSSN meeting
Posties walk out in Peterborough after manager tests positive
Universal Basic Income: not a solution to insecurity and poverty under capitalism
The Jungle: capitalism's remorseless attack on workers' safety and conditions
Going viral: letters to the editors
Obituary: Rob Crabb
International socialist news and analysis
Trump, coronavirus, capitalism, and the presidential race
The Socialist 20 May 2020 |
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