Tony Osborne

Submitted by Matthew on 26 October, 2012 - 7:02

I’m sad to report the death of Tony Osborne.

Some comrades will remember Tony coming to AWL events before he became too infirm. Others will remember him as our election agent when two AWL members stood as Socialist Unity candidates in the 2006 council elections in the Hackney Central ward.

Tony was a tireless community activist, particularly passionate about working-class people’s right to decent housing.

He was the Secretary of our estate’s Tenants and Residents Association until his death, keeping the TRA going through a decade-plus of improving the estate’s facilities and environment, winning improvements to homes, and fighting off various attempts by the Council to privatise and/or “redevelop” it.

He was also active in the borough-wide tenants’ movement.

Tony was liked by everyone on our estate, with the unusual quality of being respected by all generations. He was also a popular character with Hackney’s anti-cuts activists, and with the many campaigning and community groups that regularly used our community hall.

Residents are asking the Council to consider renaming the hall the Tony Osborne Community Hall.

He was also a great friend of me and my family. We’re gutted.

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