Please allow me to extend my condolences. I am deeply sorry for your loss. News of Gareth’s passing came as a great shock.
We have never met, but I spent a lot of time with Gareth while I was an officer of the NASUWT. It was truly a pleasure to have gotten to know Gareth. Each time Gareth and I spoke we had three topics, union matters, what you’d been doing as a family and the golden age of comedy in particular Laurel and Hardy movies.
He was proud of his family, spoke lovingly of you all and full of pride of Alex and Joe’s latest achievements. It was clear that family was absolutely central to Gareth.
As an officer of the NASUWT Gareth took notes at our meetings and in the breaks spoke of you all and… his love of comedy. In particular we talked of Laurel and Hardy movies, their scripts, catchphrases and the golden age of comedy.
Gareth was an extremely respected trade union comrade. It was Gareth who did the research, offered the stats, provided the briefings and advised on the speech. In this he showed a passionate dedication to progressing the concerns of the wider trade union movement and in particular NASUWT members.
Gareth was fair, dignified, and had a great sense of humour. I truly enjoyed spending time with him and know that he will be greatly missed by all who worked with him.
I hope that you find some strength in the shared memories of the NASUWT family and they give you the comfort you need at such a difficult time of deep sorrow.