A Poem for Godfrey





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Published on May 6, 2012

A poem for Godfrey Cremer, written and read at his funeral by his comrade Ella Rule, vice-president of the CPGB-ML.

A memorial meeting will be held in Saklatvala Hall, Southall, at 6pm on 12 May 2012 to honour our fallen comrade, and celebrate his life, his work and his contribution to the struggle for the emancipation of the working class. All are welcome.


We thought that Godfrey'd gone away
Although we'd begged him please to stay
"There's so much work, death's not your fate
Without your help the load's too great!"

How will we print the papers and leaflets?
How will we know the place to meet?
Who will support us when we're down?
Who'll make sure we've got what we need?

Who will correct us when we're in a muddle?
Who will make sure we study and read?
Who will be ready with a smile and a joke?
How can the Party from now on proceed?

But Godfrey hasn't lived and fought in vain.
He's transferred himself into the fabric of being
Of every comrade he knew and inspired
And he lives on inside us without our seeing.

He'll always be there to give us guidance,
To spur us on to work a bit harder
To gently tease us out of despondence
To share his love, his wisdom, his laughter.

We will hear his voice from deep inside
If ever we think there is time to skive
If we think we can't follow his selfless devotion
If picking up his baton seems an impossible notion,

If we run from our duty to serve the working class
And stop striving to build competent leadership
If we stray away from revolution's path
In search of cheap popularity and hero worship

Be sure he will notice and he will care
And his voice will follow us everywhere:
"I may be gone but I'm not forgotten;
And if you don't pull your weight, I'll bother you rotten".

Obituary: Godfrey Andries Cremer
11 May 1943 -- 26 March 2012

Proletarian obituary

LALKAR Obituary

It is with the greatest of sadness that the CPGB-ML and Proletarian announce the death of one of their staunchest comrades in the early hours of 26 March from pancreatic cancer and further complications arising therefrom. Although he was diagnosed as suffering from this lethal disease only two months ago, it was already in a very advanced state.

The political career of Godfrey Cremer started in the late 1960s, since when he worked exceptionally hard in the cause of the emancipation of the proletariat and the oppressed peoples of the world. His name is indelibly connected with the movement for solidarity with the people of Vietnam, the people of Korea, China, Palestine, southern Africa (in particular Zimbabwe), Ireland, Libya, Syria and Iran.

Godfrey Cremer was an internationalist through and through, as he fully realised that the struggle of the proletariat in the imperialist countries for its emancipation from exploitation could never be accomplished without rendering unreserved support to the liberation struggles of the oppressed nations and people against imperialist oppression, war, brigandage and super-exploitation. From this stance he never wavered, treating with disdain and contempt the opportunist faint-hearts in the working-class movement who pursue a line of conciliation towards their own imperialist bourgeoisie.

He was a great, warm-hearted comrade, a loyal friend and a loving husband and father. His dedication, cheerful disposition and wit will be missed, not only by comrades of the CPGB-ML, but even by our opponents. All those who had any occasion to be with him and to know him had their lives enriched by the experience. He shall be sorely missed.

A communist farewell and red salute to Comrade Godfrey Cremer.

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