Socialist Resistance announces the sad and shocking news that leading member Dave Packer died suddenly on July 3 His partner Jane Kelly found him after he failed to get up as expected. Dave had been having treatment for a persistent infection but whether this was the cause of his death we don’t know at this stage.
Dave had been active in politics since the 1960’s and has made a huge contribution over that time.
He was initially a member of Militant (Socialist Party) and one of the key people in a group that split from them and joined the International Marxist Group in the mid 1970s. He was a member of the leadership of the IMG until the formation of the International Group in the mid 1980s when he became a key member of the new organisations leadership. He was central to the fusion talks with the Socialist Group which led to the formation of the International Socialist Group. When Socialist Resistance was formed Dave continued as a member of its leadership. For many years Dave also represented comrades from Britain on leadership bodies of the Fourth International.
Dave is an irreplaceable loss both to our own organisation and to the wider Marxist and wokers movement as well as to comrades who knew him personnaly and, of course, most of all to Jane.
We will be posting a fuller appreciation tomorrow and will update when we know details of when Dave’s funeral will take place.