Ian Malcolm-Walker: what a man!

UNISON Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Branch is sorry to hear of the death of Ian Malcolm-Walker, a former steward and Branch Disabled Members Officer of Bournemouth Local Government Branch.

Ian was at the same time a member of UNISON’s regional Disabled Members Committee, passionately speaking about the rights of disabled workers at both a regional and national level.

David Higgins, a former Branch Secretary of Bournemouth Branch, pays tribute:

“I remember the first Unison Branch Meeting I attended with Ian. We didn’t know what had hit us!

Ian was like nothing else we had experienced before, he had so much energy and spirit to put the world to right. But most of all he cared about those less able to help themselves and anyone who had been badly treated.

As a Steward and a Disabled Members Officer, he was excellent, advocating on behalf of our members. One of my Stewards, described him as a ‘Warrior.’ And he was, but one with a heart of gold and his compassion for others was something to behold.

Ian didn’t need a loudspeaker; his voice was as powerful as his spirit to do the right thing. And I know he made many a fine speech at Unison’s Disabled Members’ Conference and was well regarded in Unison at a national level.

They say that behind every great man is a great woman and in Hazel he found his ideal match, both having the same spirit, sense of humour and drive to help others. He was also very proud of his daughter Sophie and their grandson Paddy with his boundless energy. And our thoughts and condolences are with you at this very sad time. I only hope it is some small comfort to know how well he was regarded.

Ian, you will never be forgotten by me or anyone who met you.

Ian, R.I.P.”

UNISON Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole send our condolences to Ian’s family.