Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/820/19023

From The Socialist newspaper, 31 July 2014

Obituary: Dave Boyes

We have to share the very sad news that Dave Boyes passed away on 17 July after his prolonged battle with illness.

Dave had retired recently from a lifetime in the construction industry. An active member of the Ucatt construction union, he joined the demonstrations against blacklisting of workers. He was an enthusiastic advocate for the National Shop Stewards Network, attending conferences, rallies and meetings when he could.

Dave was from the small village of Warnford in Hampshire. He was won to the ideas of socialism at a young age, especially influenced by the events of the Cuban revolution. As a Labour party member, Dave sought out the ideas of scientific socialism.

He was an avid reader, especially of Rosa Luxembourg. On an early visit to Dave's home he showed me his battered copy of Capital, full of notes and marks where he had highlighted important extracts. He told me he would read two pages every day before he left for work so he could digest all the ideas it contained.

Like many Labour Party members, it became clear to Dave that the party had abandoned the working class and any support it had for socialist ideas. Dave finally met Socialist Party members at a demonstration we held against the cuts in Winchester.

When I first went to meet him, I was grilled about what we meant by socialism. Dave was not for "shilly-shallying reformism" and wanted assurances that we stood by the need to transform society and establish a socialist economy.

Passion and enthusiasm

Convinced to join, Dave rapidly took on every job he could - organising campaign stalls, selling the Socialist paper and raising funds, supporting picket lines, standing for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition in the local elections and taking on the job of Hampshire Socialist Party branch secretary.

He brought his warmth, passion and enthusiasm to everything he did. Notably he had an unstinting boldness to recruit to the Socialist Party and was very successful at winning trade unionists and young people to the party.

His combination of experience, passion and confidence in socialist ideas and the working class made him an excellent advocate for our party. For all that he will be greatly missed. In the short time we all knew him, it felt like he had been our comrade forever.

Our thoughts and best wishes are with his many friends and family.

Nick Chaffey

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 31 July 2014:


Middle East

No more carnage in Gaza - Mass struggle to end the siege - Stop Israeli state terror

Gaza in crisis - Mass action needed to stop bloodshed

Thousands march against slaughter in Gaza


Socialist Party feature

WW1 - 100 years since the great slaughter


Socialist Party

Obituary: Dave Boyes

Socialism 2014: Ideas to change the world

Socialist Party news


Socialist Party news and analysis

Economic recovery - so where's our share-out?

Student loan sell-off plan scrapped

More police spying revelations

Miliband needs a makeover... ...of his party and his politics

Them & Us


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

10/hr Now! Because the bills keep coming and the rent won't wait!

Tolpuddle martyrs rally

And now for something completely different... a barricaded cinema

Hackney tenants get organised

Solidarity with Birmingham student occupiers

Southampton: Channel 4's Immigration Street condemned

Rugby League: Have Featherstone fans got their club back?


Socialist Party workplace news

Passport Office strikes for jobs and decent pay

Reinstate Bryan Kennedy

The games that Glasgow Labour plays

Doncaster Care UK workers striking for 2 weeks

Workplace news in brief


 

Home   |   The Socialist 31 July 2014   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Obituary:

triangleObituary - Beth Roper (1990-2018) - comrade, friend and fighter

triangleObituary: Stan Herschel

triangleObituary: Ged Travers 1957-2018

triangleObituary: Tony Byrne 1939 - 2018

triangleRoger Shrives, 5 April 1947 - 1 May 2018

Socialist:

triangleGive us a bumper Christmas cash boost!

triangleJobs and homes not racism - kick the Tories out!

triangleThe Socialist quiz of 2018

triangle'Stansted 15' - outrageous guilty verdict

Socialism:

triangleThe growth of artificial intelligence technology

triangleWirral Socialist Party: The Falklands / Malvinas

triangleManchester Socialist Party: AI and new technology under socialism

Socialist Party:

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: Imperialism and war

triangleBirmingham South Socialist Party: The difference between socialist and capitalist feminism

Hampshire:

triangleFawley strike defeats 'race to bottom' exploitation of migrant workers

Construction:

triangleTories ensured Carillion meltdown went unchecked

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

13/12/18

Strike

UCU Wales suspends FE strike action

12/12/18

Domestic violence

Women's Lives Matter national meeting - a determination to fight cuts to domestic violence services

12/12/18

London

Jobs and homes not racism - kick the Tories out!

12/12/18

TUSC

New twist in Derby TUSC election agent case

12/12/18

Socialist Students

Socialist Students LJMU victory

12/12/18

Union

Workplace news in brief

12/12/18

Cheshire

Veolia waste workers vote for action in Cheshire

12/12/18

Hull

Hull council workers fight to protect sick pay

12/12/18

Hull

Spontaneous hull walkouts stick two fingers up at Tory anti-trade union laws

12/12/18

Chris Baugh

Select Chris Baugh as Left Unity AGS candidate

12/12/18

Shipyard

Strike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard

12/12/18

Airport

'Stansted 15' - outrageous guilty verdict

12/12/18

Fighting Fund

Give us a bumper Christmas cash boost!

12/12/18

Liverpool

Liverpool seafarers demand better conditions

5/12/18

CWU

WHSmith: hands off our Post Offices!

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999