Obituary: Steven Gibson
Steve Gibson died suddenly on Sunday, October 26 from a massive heart attack. Steve was born in WA but moved to Victoria and lived in Melbourne and grew up in the working class movement. He became a locomotive engineman and rose to become the Secretary of the Victorian division of the Australasian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen (AFULE). He was employed by VicRail until his retirement in 1992. He remained active in the rank and file group of retired engine drivers and was well-known and respected in the Victorian trade union movement. Steve was a long-time member of the Communist movement and was a foundation member of the Socialist Party of Australia (now Communist Party of Australia) in which he held a number of positions. He was a member of the CPA's Central Committee for many years until his resignation from that position earlier this year. He was the President of the Victorian State Committee and in that capacity was a leading personality in the Party's Melbourne organisation. Steve was active in the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society and was for some time the Chairperson of the Victorian branch of the ACFS. He was also an active member of the Australia-DPRK Friendship Society and had visited the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea only a short time before his death. Steve was very concerned about developments in rural Australia, taking up the issues of land clearance, salination and irrigation by cotton growers and the big agro corporations. His contributions to the discussion in the Party were always based on a firm working class position and he was a firm and convinced advocate of Marxism-Leninism. He always sought the best way forward to advance the work of the Party and the working class movement. He expressed his ideas in a forthright manner convinced that the future belonged to the working people in a socialist society. He was infectiously optimistic, was popular among his comrades and often brought humour into his work with fellow working class activists. Steve was a true son of the working class and his sudden death is a shock to all who knew and respected him. Steve was 70 years of age at the time of his death. The Guardian conveys sincere condolences to his family, comrades and friends.