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Islington campaigner and former councillor George Durack dies aged 94

George Durack was awarded the Freedom of the Borough in 2015 for his decades of work in the borough

03 September, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

George Durack

Tributes have been paid to stalwart campaigner and chairman of Islington Pensioners Forum George Durack, who died on Sunday aged 94.

Mr Durack, a former postman, received Freedom of the Borough – one of the highest local honours – in 2015 for his decades of work in Islington.

He was a Second World War veteran who served in the 7th Armoured Division, also known as the “Desert Rats” and was one of the borough’s most trenchant NHS campaigners.

Jeremy Corbyn, Islington North MP and Labour leader, has led tributes to Mr Durack saying: “I’m so sad that my friend George Durack died tonight.

“He was 94 years old. A wonderful socialist, World War II veteran, postie, trade unionist, councillor and Chair of Islington Pensioners forum.

“I learnt so much from George and we cannot thank him enough for everything he did.”

As a postman, Mr Durack covered the Hampstead area from 1956 to 1989 and later became full-time branch secretary for the Communication Workers Union for 14 years.

He became an Islington councillor for Junction ward in 1990 and served for four years.

Town Hall leader, Cllr Richard Watts said: “Very sorry to hear that the great George Durack has passed away after 94 years of a life well lived.

“We were honoured to award him the Freedom of the Borough a few years ago after so many years campaigning for what was right.

“George will be sadly missed.”

See this week’s Tribune, out on Friday, for a full obituary to Mr Durack. 

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