RIP Dave Carruthers

CARRUTHERS DAVID. Peacefully, at home, on Thursday, 11th December, 2008, David, dearly loved husband of Cath, loving father of Jason, beloved son of Mary and Tom, and much loved brother of Colin and Wilma.

Dave lost his 18 month battle with cancer and his death at 55 is hard to bear. Dave restarted the Glasgow Anarchist group in late 1974, opening up a squat at 21 Bute Gardens. He was a inspired public speaker, operated a hand duplicator as if he was Popeye, yet always appeared to cut a frail figure with a severe visual impairment.

The group hosted several public meetings around 1976-7 with Albert Meltzer, Miguel Garcia, John Olday etc. Dave wanted John – a man who tried to assassinate Hitler to move to Glasgow although it didn’t happen.

He went on to develop a passion for anarchist communism, hosting a conference of the A.C.A. in late 70s. Dave became the national secretary of the ACA after a more platformist tendency left to join forces (the LCG) with a trot group and the lotta Continua influenced Big Flame. Dave moved on to free schools and helped keep Barrowfield open for a while. He became a teacher and eventually was the teacher for sick children at Yorkhill hospital: he was great with kids and at least one anarchist in the 1990s had dave as a primary school teacher. He devoted a lot of time to his family and his adopted son from 1990. Dave was a warm, caring person, with an infectious sense of humour. At the funeral various Glasgow anarchists were present.

There will be a more complete obituary appearing in Freedom newspaper, if you would like to make any contributions please forward them to Jim McFarlane; hereandnowscot[at]email.com (replace [at] with @)

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