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Bob Purdie RIP

November 30, 2014


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  1. Stewart permalink
    December 1, 2014 12:01 am

    So sad to learn that Bob’s gone – I’m an old IMG comrade of his fro the early 70s. Any more info. you could send would be much appreciated – SM

  2. Paul Nolan permalink
    December 1, 2014 5:01 pm

    Hi Red Mole, Thanks for the info on Bob Purdie. I wonder if you can help me with this. I was one of the first people to be arrested on the first day of the Grunwicks’ mass picket, which I think was on 13 June, 1977. On the cover of the subsequent issue of the Red Mole there is a photograph of a policeman with his arm around the neck of a man with a beard. That’s me (the man with the beard, not the policeman). I ended up being bound over to keep the peace for a year. If you have that copy of the Red Mole, I wonder if you could let me have a photocopy or scan of the cover. I would be happy to pay any costs involved. It would be nice to show my kids that their dad did sometimes practice  what he preached, and was not always as boring as he is now. Cheers, Paul Nolan.

    • tamworthalternative permalink
      December 1, 2014 5:23 pm

      Hi Paul,
      June 1977 should be Red Weekly or Socialist Challenge I should have it and will dig out and scan fairly soon. Rob.

      • tamworthalternative permalink
        December 5, 2014 7:44 am

        Further to this, it should be Socialist Challenge issue 2 but my copy appears to be missing. It may be that i do have it- i’ll have another look soon.

  3. ElaineS permalink
    December 5, 2014 7:45 pm

    RIP Dr Bob! It was a pleasure knowing you,albeit for such a short time.

  4. Keith S permalink
    December 31, 2014 10:32 am

    Those who knew Bob Purdie will find this obituary of interest.

    You do not have to agree with the political judgements nor some of the words used to appreciate a well written, informative and warm obituary. It is by George Kerevan who, like Bob Purdie, has travelled a long way politically since his days in the IMG.

  5. Tony Maguire permalink
    January 2, 2015 5:30 pm

    I too, new Bob in the IMG in late 60’s early 70’s. I am sorry to hear of his passing, I remember him as an energetic comrade and good friend.

  6. Stuart riddle permalink
    January 8, 2015 8:00 pm

    RIP. There will never be another uncle like you again

  7. May 29, 2015 12:05 pm

    I missed the news of Bob’s death so only finding out about it now, courtesy of your site. I worked closely with Bob in the 1970s but also had some episodic contact with him in later years in Oxford. Always sincere and thoughtful, I didn’t agree with many of his political conclusions but always respected how he went about reaching them. I remember him fondly and I have a signed.copy of “Politics in the Streets” on my bookshelves. Must try to track down his MacDiarmid book.
    Brian Slocock

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