(en) Obituary's Adam Hughes & Robert Lynn

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This article is from the Irish Anarchist Paper Workers Solidarity, No 50 Spring 1997

Obituary Adam Hughes

IT IS WITH sadness that we must announce the death of an anarchist, Adam Hughes, who died recently at just 18 years old. Adam gave a great deal to the anarchist movement in his two or so years of membership; in terms of activity, support, friendship, good humour and much more. He died accidentally while walking on the beach near his hometown of Newcastle, Co. Down.

Writing in the Belfast-based anarcho-syndicalist magazine, Organise!, his friend and comrade Declan McVeigh remembers "Adam was more that just a drinking buddy or schoolmate to me. I remember the long talks we would have about the future or about politics or about what we were going to do with our lives. I had a deep trust of Adam and I hope he thought the same about me.

All the while at school we despised the petty authority and regulations of that place. When we found that this rejection of authority had a name and a philosophy, we adopted it wholeheartedly... we became Anarchists. From there on it was a scramble to nick paper for the photocopier, to find a computer to print stuff out and to get money for post-meeting pints."

Death is always tragic, especially in someone so young and so full of life as Adam was. He will be sorely missed by all his comrades and friends in Organise! and by other Anarchists across the country who had the pleasure to know him.

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Obituary Robert Lynn

by Iain McKay

Sadly Robert Lynn died recently. His death is a great blow for the Scottish anarchist movement which has lost one of its oldest activists.

Born in Glasgow in 1924, Robert became involved in the anarchist movement during the Second World War. The 1943 apprentice strike had a profound effect on him and it was then he became an anarchist, joining very active and influential Glasgow Anarchist Group. He was a life long rank and file trade union activist and was soon recognised as a threat by both bosses and trade union officials.

As well as a shop-floor militant, Robert wrote numerous articles and booklets (such as 'Practical Anarchy' and 'Why Vote?') which helped bring many people to the ideas of anarchism. As he combined the ideas of egoism and syndicalism, Robert combined the roles of activist and theorist.

A great number of events were initiated by Robert especially the Glasgow Anarchist Summer School which is now becoming a tradition that attracts libertarian socialists from all over Britain. Sadly, he died just before this year's school and his last words were "oh fuck, now I'll miss the summer school." Even on his death bed he was still thinking about the movement.

His death on August 16th was a blow to his family, his many friends and comrades, and even also to his political opponents. He influenced many generations of anarchists in Glasgow and will be missed by all who had the good fortunate to know him.

------------------------------------------------ This article if from the Irish Anarchist Paper Workers Solidarity, No 50 Spring 1997

The whole issue and previous issues can be found at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/2724/anpubdx.html

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