I, like several others, have had the pleasure of knowing Ivan from his time in the Unite Against Fascism (UAF) office. We are all shocked by the news of his sudden death.
A longstanding volunteer for UAF, he would sometimes tell why he became involved. He said, “I remember the British Movement from when I grew up… so when the British National Party organised, I knew I had to take a stand.”
Ivan came from Eltham, south east London. It’s an area that has seen a huge amount of fascist activity over the years. He knew the dangers of letting Nazis go unchallenged. He would tell of his worry that, if spotted as an active anti-fascist, known Nazis in the area would go for him.
But he was never intimidated and would regularly make the sometimes arduous trek to the UAF office to volunteer his time.
Ivan was a socialist. He was passionate about the fight for equality, against all oppression and for a better world. When the English Defence League was humiliated in Walthamstow in September this year, Ivan’s face beamed.
He had a brilliant sense of humour and was an immensely popular person. Everyone who knew Ivan from their time at UAF has spoken warmly of him. His family must be heartbroken to have lost him and all of us at UAF send our deep condolences to them.
Ivan’s funeral will be on Friday 14 December, 12 noon, at Eltham Crematorium, Crown Woods Way, London SE9 2AZ