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Death of Bob Bickerdike at 89

category cork | miscellaneous | news report author Sunday June 14, 2009 10:42author by John Jefferies Report this post to the editors

The death occurred on Friday night at his home in Youghal, Co. Cork of veteran peace campaigner and socialist activist Bob Bickerdike at the age of 89 years.

Regular Indymedia readers will recall that Bob featured here after receiving the "Working Class Hero 2009" award from the Cork May Day committee last month in recognition of his many decades of struggle on behalf of and with working people and his lifetime involvement in the peace movement.
Bob Bickerdike in 2004
Bob Bickerdike in 2004

To quote from Ray Hanrahan's report in Indymedia from the 2009 May Day events in Cork:-

"Bob was born in Co. Leitrim nearly 90 years ago and his early experiences during ‘the hungry thirties’ and his early working years as a circus entertainer convinced him of the necessity and desirability of a socialist revolution for humankind. He spent a portion of his adult years as an emigrant in Britain where, as a working man and trade unionist he was involved directly in many workplace struggles, and where his lifelong passion for opposition to war, nuclear weapons and imperialism was given focus and space for action. He settled in Youghal in the 1970s and there raised a family and re-connected with socialist activity in Ireland. As a stalwart attendee of anti-war events and marches at Shannon until quite recently, he has been a beacon of inspiration for many activists in Cork city and county, and it was a privilege to share his company and to attest to his continuing burning desire for a better tomorrow for us all. Salud Bob!"

Bob was a leading figure locally and nationally in the National Association of Tenants Organisations (the other NATO!) and for many years travelled the country

Bob was very frail when he received his presentation and the "Working Class Hero" title. He was very proud of it but as always was truly modest about his own role in the long struggle to build a better life for people. He stood for election to Youghal Urban District Council on a number of occasions and was an elected town councillor during the 1980s. He was totally opposed to the double taxation of service charges and played an active part in that campaign. As a result of this Bob was jailed by his own town council when he was almost 70 years of age but refused to be bullied by officialdom.

I'm sure many people will want to record here their own memories of Bob but mine is of him sitting in the rough grass beside the apron of Shannon Airport as he refused to get up at the order of a garda who had a large German Shepherd straining at the leash during one of the many protests against the presence of US military and CIA aircraft and personnel and the violation of Irish neutrality in which Bob was a fervent believer.

As I write I have no details of Bob's funeral arrangements but as soon as I get this information I will post it online below.

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/92159

Bob speaks at the Cork Hiroshima Day vigil in 2004
Bob speaks at the Cork Hiroshima Day vigil in 2004

Bob Bickerdike (right) protests against US warships in Cobh 2006
Bob Bickerdike (right) protests against US warships in Cobh 2006

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Funeral Arrangements     John Jefferies    Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:30 
   Sorry I won't make the funeral     Contaminated Crow    Sun Jun 14, 2009 22:05 
   Bob Will Be Missed.     Margaret O'Regan.    Mon Jun 15, 2009 10:54 
   Bobby Bickerdike, one of a kind     Eanna Dowling    Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:22 
   Bob Bickerdicke - an example to us all     Ray    Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:25 
   Bob Bickerdike will be missed by the anti-war movement     Fintan Lane    Mon Jun 15, 2009 14:15 
   Rest In Peace Bob     Fiachra Ó Luain    Mon Jun 15, 2009 14:43 
   The power of non-violence     Edward Horgan    Mon Jun 15, 2009 16:41 
   Ar dheis De go raibh a anam uasal     Tim Hourigan    Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:28 
 10   Great turnout     John Jefferies    Tue Jun 16, 2009 14:20 
 11   RIP     Fr. Donal Hussey    Tue Jun 16, 2009 17:23 
 12   Remembering Bob Bickerdike     Edward Horgan    Tue Jun 16, 2009 22:50 
 13   Bob's tree     treestruck    Wed Jun 17, 2009 00:51 
 14   Tree choice?     John Jefferies    Wed Jun 17, 2009 09:51 
 15   rowan     Treestruck    Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:27 
 16   Tapes and tree     Eanna Dowling    Wed Jun 24, 2009 18:01 
 17   Bob Bickerdike.     Claudette Bickerdike    Sun Jul 05, 2009 01:28 

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