Edward Lancelot Nixon -2009

Edward Nixon was a member of the Staffordshire Moorlands CLP and member of the Labour Party for at least 50 years. He died on 2 January 2009, aged 81 years.

Eddie was a postman until his retirement and his detailed knowledge of the geography of the local area was absolutely invaluable when local ward delivery rounds for Leek were compiled in the run up to the 1997 general election. Not a wasted step to be found in any of them! All that information is safely stored and is in constant use and is a fitting memorial to a member who delivered countless thousands of leaflets over the years.

Eddie was a loyal member who took attendance at branch meetings very seriously, his sound common sense and down to earth pragmatism always brought a valuable dimension to policy discussions. He attended meetings until very recently, despite his failing health, and his fortitude was an example to us all. Eddie had many interests and contacts in Leek and when required, these were always diverted to support the work of the party, especially when it came to finding venues for fundraising events.

We shall miss him enormously.

Eddie was a thoroughly decent guy, a dedicated Socialist and valued for his personal support to all. In difficult times, and in defeat, he was positive and always cheerful, in victory he was ecstatic. Three terms of Labour Government could not have been achieved without Eddie and thousands like him. They always put the party first.