Friday, 29 June 2012

Roger Mackay

The funeral is on Friday 13 July at 1.30 pm from Seven Hills Crematorium. 

Sadly our dear friend and colleague Roger passed away on Thursday morning at St Elisabeth’s Hospice after losing his fight with cancer. Roger served Ipswich NUT as Treasurer for many years and had convened many meetings of the Ipswich Trades Council, in which he played a key role. Roger will be remembered for his dedication to the trades union movement and his enthusiasm and activism for furthering the cause of education and the advancement of the underprivileged. His staunch campaigning against public sector cuts led to two highly successful marches through the town in recent months. Roger has been involved in the organisation of many May Day party in the park events in Ipswich and an active supporter of the Socialist Party.
Although firm in his beliefs and political views Roger was never dogmatic and always keen to listen to the opinions of others and offer his often pragmatic and good natured advice. Roger served many local NUT members, offering advice, attending meetings with members in difficulties and being the local link for the Teachers Benevolent Fund (now Teacher Support Network). There are so many people that have been enriched in some way by Rogers work in Ipswich over the years that I’m sure you would like to offer your condolences to his wife Teresa and family by leaving a comment below.
Cards and flowers to:
Teresa Mackay


  1. To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch... to know even one life has breathed easier becuause you have lived. This is to have succeeded!

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. Roger was an inspiration,a tireless worker for teachers and trade unionists,a one off-he will be very sadly missed. A dedicated member of Suffolk division over very many years. Calm and intelligent,strong views but always willing to listen to other views and always good humoured. I am personally grateful for all the work and support he gave me whilst he was here.
    Graham White
    Suffolk NUT Secretary

  3. I have known Roger as a colleague, active union member and, more fondly, as a football team mate in the seventies, for nearly forty years. As well as being one of life's good and caring people, which many will acknowledge, my greatest memories of Roger are as an extremely gifted and cultured football player, whom I had the pleasure of playing alongside, in midfield, for the most enjoyable part of my footballing life. The world would be a fairer and much happier place if there were more of Roger's ilk around. Bob Brown

  4. Roger will be greately missed by all those who knew him and his tireless and selfless work. His genlte but persistent drive to campaign for a better society knew no bounds. I personally glimpsed some examples of how he gave support to the marginalised and the persecuted, as well of course as his more public role as a loyal trade unionist.
    We have all lost a true friend.


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