We revived the following news early this morning:
Dave Patterson, an electrician, who worked mostly overseas in places like Azerbaijan and Angola, died last night.
Dave joined the IWW before anybody else I know of in Scotland, before the Stevenson College branch of the 90s. He joined the Clydeside IWW, at its inception. He was born in Springboig, Glasgow, and as a teenager was involved in the formation of the National union of School Students in the mid 70s .He only rarely made meeting s& events due to his work, and his Scottish residence was south of Aberdeen.
He was a dual carder also in OILC. In the course of a year I would usually see him a few times, after attending different football matches or at the STUC Mayday. In 2011 he got married to Lucy, a nurse in Edinburgh. This year in May, he was absent. A mutual friend came up to me before the Clydeside IWW took part in the procession, to explain he had been diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable strain of cancer. A few days ago he was moved to a hospice in Gogar near Edinburgh.
This is a sad & sudden demise and in Scotland we mourn the loss of Dave, an unforgettable character. But knowing Dave and his affinity with the wobbly tradition, he would say – “Don’t Mourn, Organise!”
All fellow workers from across Scotland send our condolences to Dave’s family and friends.