Bert Karpin -2011

Bert Karpin, who passed away aged 93 this September, was a lifelong socialist and a Labour Party activist since he joined the Labour League of Youth in Tottenham in the 1930s.

He was a veteran of the anti-fascist action at Cable Street, and served in WW2 in Burma. A trade union activist in the print trade, he later worked at the then NCCL (now Liberty) with Harriet Harman, Patricia Hewitt and Diane Abbott.

In retirement he served as ward and CLP Agent in Hackney North and Stoke Newington and remained an active and often disarmingly frank and outspoken GC delegate into his late 80s. He leaves his beloved wife Greta, who he formed a 60 year political double-act with. Bert combined tenacious and steadfast advocacy of staunchly left-wing views with a comradely approach that meant he had friends across the Labour spectrum. He acted as a friend and mentor to many younger activists and councillors in Hackney and will be sorely missed.