Joe Flexer [Jim]
davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Sun Jul 6 20:12:00 MDT 2003
My articles are still available in the student newspaper "The Manitoban" as
> far as I know. The actions against Zubek also included two friends and
> well-known Trotskyists in Canada Mitch Podolak and Joe Flexer.
Just in case you didn't know, Jim:
Joe passed away in Aug.(or late July) of 2000. He had a heart
condition, received a heart transplant, which in the end didn't work
out. I actually had the chance to meet him at a NDP, socialist
caucus meeting a year before his death. He seemed like nice guy,
and I thought he was a good speaker. Along with Barry
Weisleder, the NDP socialist caucaus is where he devoted most of
his political energy in the remaining years of his life. Incidentally,
my pup's also knew him from back in the days.
below is an eulogy written by Barry on Joe:
It is with the greatest sadness and the deepest regret that I
must inform you that our comrade Joseph Flexer passed away at
about 3 p.m., Eastern daylight saving time, in Toronto, Ontario.
Joe was 67 years old when his new heart failed him, about six
years after receiving a transplant. Joe was a revolutionary
communist to the core, an unparalleled internationalist and a
remarkable worker militant and unionist. For decades he was a
dedicated activist in the Canadian Auto Workers' Union, a leader in
his plant and in Local 112, and a respected
national figure in the CAW, and across the workers' movement
which he loved,from Palestine to North America. Joe was a
founder and federal Co-Chair of the NDP Socialist Caucus, a
movement he embraced optimistically and to which he gave
unnumbered months of devotion and activism. Socialist Action,
and the world Trotskyist movement, mourn the loss of one of our
central leaders, an extraordinary Marxist thinker, writer, educator,
story-teller, humourist and agitator. Joe will
never be replaced, but his example will forever inspire us to
continue theclass struggle for the socialist liberation of humanity.
Messages of solidarity and condolence should be sent to this
e-mail address, or to Socialist Action, 517 College Street, Suite
234, Toronto, Ontario M6G 4A2. Phone: 416 - 535-8779 .
editor, Socialist Action newspaper
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