Bob Crow, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers from 2002, died on March 11, 2014.
One of Britain’s most high-profile union leaders, the announcement of Bob’s death was met with shock and saw union, industry and political figures paying tribute to him. London Mayor Boris Johnson, who often clashed with him, said Mr Crow had “fought tirelessly” for his members. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said Mr Crow had been a “fighter and a force”.
I went down to Wanstead, in East London to observe the funeral of the “most successful union leader in terms of securing jobs and pay for his members” (Nick Robinson, 2014).
Bob’s funeral, held on the 24th March, was in the traditional East End Style, with Black Friesian horses wearing blue and white feathers recognising of his life long support of Milwall Football Club local funeral directors Floyd and Son put on the funeral.