RCPB(ML) is so very sad to let
everyone know that our comrade Stuart Monro passed away on the evening of
Thursday, September 7. Stuart collapsed suddenly after having suffered from
heart problems for many years. Though he had been ill, his passing came as a
profound shock to all who knew him. We convey our deep condolences to
Charlotte, his wife and comrade, who was with him when he died, to his daughter
Anna, and to all his family and wide circle of friends.
Stuart Monro studied drama at
Bristol University and film at the London School of Film. He was making a film
in 1970 when he met the forerunner organisation of RCPB(ML), and realised that
he could never look back, becoming politically active and dedicating his
film-making to the progress of humanity and a new world.
Charlotte had also been a
Party activist from her youth and worked in the health service, and Stuart and
Charlotte were married in 1981.
Charlotte has written:
“He has given so much to people, to our times, to our movements. His
films, his wisdom, and his great love and loyalty to people, and his humour.
And what he has given will live on in all of us.” And Anna wrote:
“He welcomed people in with a warm heart and such a sparkle in his
Stuart was one of the comrades
arrested and jailed on trumped-up charges in the early 1970s when the state was
attempting to smash the emerging Marxist-Leninist movement. He stood on a
progressive and democratic platform in a number of elections in South London in
the 1970s. Stuart participated in the work of the Party as a working class and
trade union organiser at this time, and was noted for his ability to unite the
workers in fighting for their rights and interests. This quality was also
notable when he became a health worker and participated in the work to uphold
health care as a right and to safeguard the future of the health service.
Stuart also participated throughout his political life in many delegations
strengthening ties in the international communist movement.
Stuart never abandoned his
film and video-making, and for the past 20 years and more he was active as an
independent film maker. His films cover a huge range, and are characterised by
a humanity and a sympathy for what is progressive. Stuart made films directly
for the Party and the international communist movement, but also covered
subjects ranging from the historical to the world around him of community,
family and friends, up to the movements of the people in their struggle for a
different and better world. Recent films had focused on the fight to save
Lewisham hospital and safeguard the future of the health service. These films
were made with the express purpose of assisting the struggle as it unfolded,
capturing the moment of the here and now. Last year, a one-day festival of his
films was staged at Morley College in London.
Stuart had an enthusiasm for
life and a questing spirit that was always seeking to move on to answer the
call of history, and to re-examine previously held positions. Stuart also had a
deep love of nature, of the beauty of the natural and social environments. He
was always excited by new developments in the Party's work, and his generous
and engaging spirit made him loved by all. He will be greatly missed by so many
people. Stuart, your memory will always inspire us!