IRIS MARY JESSIE CREMER (10 Nov 1943 – 2 Apr 2014)
FUNERAL: 3pm, Thursday 17th April 2014
Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Rd, Richmond TW9 4EN. (London. UK.) http://www.mortlakecrematorium.org/directions/
All of Iris’ comrades, family, friends, colleagues and pupils are invited to attend.
Our dear departed comrade, Godfrey Andries Cremer, born on 10 May 1943 was taken from us unexpectedly and far too early, by pancreatic cancer, on 26 March 2012. Almost two years to the day, on 2 April 2014, his comrade, friend, life-long partner, wife, and fellow founding member of the CPGB-ML, Iris Mary Jessie Cremer, (nee Sloley) died, just weeks after being diagnosed with Lung Cancer.
To mark the anniversary of Godfrey’s death, we published a series of tributes paid to him by those that knew him well, and valued him so highly.
The following speech of tribute paid to Godfrey by Iris, explains why they were both so valued by those that new them. They were generous, warm and open-hearted human beings, who went to enormous lengths to encourage a generation of idealistic young activists, and raise them to match their good intentions with the scientific understanding necessary to make their action effective.
Iris and Godfrey shared their lives and their dreams together, and worked throughout Godfrey’s life to build a movement that could promise a better world; A world without poverty, racism, discrimination, exploitation, famine or war; a world where all can develop their abilities and potential, for themselves and the common good. A world in which the economy is dedicated to serving the interests of the masses, not a clique of parasitic billionaires; where the waste of unemployed talents, and prematurely terminated life is the exception, rather than the rule.
This and other contributions were made at a memorial meeting held in April 2012, attended by many of his closest friends, family and comrades, who packed into Saklatvala Hall to share our sorrow at Godfrey’s passing and our joy that he has enriched our lives.
Despite our sadness, it was an inspiring and uplifting celebration of the 50 selfless and meaningful years that Iris, Godfrey and their comrades have devoted to the finest cause in all the world – the fight for the liberation of mankind.
Iris and Godfrey’s deep love for humanity, their profound Marxist understanding, and their determination to use all their many talents to serve the working class by building a truly revolutionary movement dedicated to our emancipation from wage slavery, and a communist party capable of directing that struggle, were their consistent motivating forces, and remain their enduring legacy.
It was this higher cause and meaning that enabled them to harness their creative powers and live truly outstanding and exemplary lives; lives full of passion and joy, free of black despair and wasted, petty or meaningless years.
Iris, like Godfrey, faced her final moments with the same optimism and fortitude that characterized the life they spent together. Their abiding certainty is that their lives’ work was a great gift to humanity – and we salute them for it.
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A tribute to Iris:
Being a British communist – A tribute paid by his lifelong friend and comrade, Harpal Brar
Iris & Godfrey – a tribute from his wife, lifelong friend and comrade, Iris
Funeral oration by Harpal Brar
A poem for Godfrey — written and recited by Ella Rule
Words for Godfrey – from Joti Brar
A tribute to Godfrey – IWA Greenwich & Bexley
A tribute to Godfrey — from his brother Adrian
A tribute to Godfrey – from his friend Kwame
Red Youth Education Program: Each one teach one!