It is with very great sadness that we have to report the death earlier today, of Rob Windsor, Socialist Party member and former Coventy councillor.
Rob died a few weeks after a liver transplant operation that he had long awaited with hope and anticipation; he’d hoped it would restore his health and allow him to get back to living life to the full and campaigning for the politics he had devoted much of his life to. Tragically, that was not to be.
I met Rob for the first and (as it turned out) only time, shortly before the operation, and his excitement and optimism were palpable. My partner and I were immediately struck by what a warm, humourous and kindly person he was.
Rob was councillor for Coventry St Michaels ward between 2000 and 2004, when he lost the seat to Labour, and again from 2006 until 2010. He was one of the Socialist Party’s most prominent members and a close comrade of Dave Nellist’s. He won tremendous respect in Coventry as a champion of issues affecting local people, like opposing the Council’s plans to demolish disabled flats in Swanswell, opposing plans for a city academy and defending the NHS. Until his health began to fail, he was a tireless grass-roots campaigner who spent hours going door-to-door “on the knocker” canvassing working class people in St Michaels.
Our sympathy and condolences go out to all Rob’s comrades, family and friends and especially his wife, partner and comrade, Isla.
Farewell, comrade Rob.