This page recognises all those union officials who dedicated their lives to our movement and have since passed away.


Joe Mann MBE

Roy Rickhuss CBE, said of Joe’s passing:

“On behalf of the entirety of Community I want to express my condolences to Diane, Joe’s daughters and everyone affected by his passing. 

Joe was a shining light in the trade union movement and a stalwart of progressive trade unionism. Today we celebrate Joe’s life and his incredible legacy. His dedication and fortitude led to changes that will impact every worker in the UK for generations. His values remain a central part of Community and will shape our union for long into the future.” 


Tommy Brennan

Scottish Regional Secretary, Steve Farrell, who knew Tommy, said:

“Tommy was a great man and a great friend to many in our region. He was famous amongst trade unionists in Scotland and we were lucky to have him as our member. We all have fond memories of the stories Tommy regaled us with and he will be sadly missed.”

Bernard Rooney

Roy Rickhuss, said:

“Through his many years working at Community and long after his retirement, Bernard was the font of all knowledge about our union’s proud history.

Our thoughts are with Bernard’s family at this time. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him.”

Richard Knox

Roy Rickhuss, shared his thoughts:

“It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of our retired Full-Time Officer and dear friend Richard (Dick) Knox.

Dick retired in 2009 and was a member of ISTC and Community for over 64 years.

Our thoughts are with Dick’s family at this difficult time.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him.”


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