ICA News: Issue No 6/1994 Editor: Mary Treacy Address: 15, route des Morillons - 1218 Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland. Tel: (41 22) 798 41 21 - Fax: (41 22) 798 41 22 Telex: 41 56 20 ICA CH - E-mail: email@example.com ******************************************************************** OBITUARIES Roy Garratt, Information Officer/Librarian of the Co-operative Union (UK) died on 4 December, 1994 at the age of 63 following a prolonged illness. He had worked in the Co-operative Movement for almost 40 years and was known throughout the world as a leading authority on the history of the Movement and especially the Rochdale Pioneers. Augustine 'Gus' Murray, President of the World Council of Credit Unions died peacefully at his home in Ireland on 11 September. When Gus was born, no credit unions existed in his country. When he died, he left Ireland with one of the strongest movements in the international system and he left the world with many more credit unions. The leadership and vision which he provided within WOCCU over more than a decade of service culminated at a recent Forum in Cork where he shared the Opening Session Podium with President Robinson of Ireland. Sayed Zaki, Chairman of the Egyptian Producers' Co-operative Union died on 25 September at his office in Cairo. Through a new programme co-formed by co-operatives and the Egyptian Government, he created thousands of new artisanal jobs for young people, specially in the poorest areas around Cairo. Mohamed Hassan Sebaiy becomes the new Chairman and takes Sayed Zaki's place on the Executive Committee of CICOPA. Al Williams died on 2 August from a heart attack. This first Vice-President of WOCCU had, for almost three years, led the reform effort to make the organisation's structure more representative. CO-OPERATORS LOST WITH THE SINKING OF M.S. ESTONIA On the night of 28 September the M.S. Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea with the loss of over 900 lives. This tragedy hit the Co-operative Movement particularly hard, as a Co-operative Seminar on Peace and Security in the Baltic Region was taking place on board the boat, following a previous session in Tallin, Estonia. The following fellow co-operators, friends and colleagues were lost in the tragedy: >From Denmark: Knud Ollgaard (Danske Andelesselskaber) >From Estonia: Aivo Grossfeldt, Kaljo Toome, Tavo Noormets, Reet Ojamaegi (ETK) >From Finland: Seppo Honkanen (University of Helsinki) >From Latvia: Skaidrite Culkstene, Aivars Stauzs, Janis Bernans (Latvian Central Co-op Union) >From Russia: Vasily Kovaljov, Andrei Arjuhov (Leningrad Regional Union of Co-operatives) >From Sweden: Rut Hammarstroem (Folksam) Lennart Petterson (Konsum Solidar) Jan-Erik Pettersson (Koooperativt Resurscentrum) Alf Carlsson (Kooperativa Institutet) Kenneth Chreisti (Tidningen Vi) Olle Lindstroem and his wife (previously Riksbyggen and Chairman of ICA Housing Co-operatives) Ingvar Oscarsson (formerly KF) Eric Sigmundsson (formerly SCC) The disappearance of these fine co-operators is a blow from which the international movement and their national movements will take a long time to recover. The ICA Secretariat is deeply distressed by this information; many of us were close to the people who lost their lives. Our thoughts are with their families and colleagues. We give thanks for the rescue of Maarten Boje (Det Kooperative Faellesforbund, Denmark) and Kent Haerstedt (Kooperativa Institutet, Sweden) and for those people who were supposed to take the boat but whose change of plans means they are still with us today. We would like to make a special tribute to three of the above Co-operators who were especially close to the ICA Secretariat. Alf Carlsson was Development Director of the ICA from 1984 to 1985. His gentle, positive manner was a great encouragement to all his colleagues and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to his wife and family. Alf will be sorely missed. Knud Ollgaard was a member of the ICA Executive from 1988 to 1993. He was a great friend and supporter of the ICA staff and we all remember him with great affection. Olle Lindstroem was Chairman of the ICA Housing Committee from 1984 to 1992. After he retired he maintained his contact with the ICA through his work for the Network for Co-operative Development in Eastern and Central Europe. His disappearance came in the middle of efforts to restart the housing co-operative union in Estonia, a country he fled from when he was sixteen. After his retirement from Riksbyggen (Sweden) in 1991, Olle committed himself to working for his former country.