BERNARD ROOME – FORMER NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEMBER AND MEMBER OF THE TELECOM AND FINANCIAL SERVICES EXECUTIVE
It is with great sadness and regret I must advise branches that on Friday 20th January 2017, Bernard Roome, former NEC Member and T&FS Executive Member passed away peacefully following a short period of illness.
Bernard Roome started work at Post Office Telecommunications in Swansea on 20th December 1971 joining the Post Office Engineering Union (POEU) on the very same day. He was a member of the Swansea Engineering Branch, the Welsh Valleys Branch [now the South Wales Branch] and latterly he became a member of the South London, Surrey and North Hampshire Branch. He has been a member of the union for over 45 years.
Bernard Roome became a branch committee member in 1974 and from 1980 onwards held the positions of Vice Chair, Assistant Branch Secretary and Branch Secretary; a post he held up until 2009. He was heavily involved in the Trade Union Council and again over a number of years held several senior positions. He represented the union from 1994 to 1997 as a branch delegate to the national TUC Conference and following his election to the NEC continued to represent the CWU as a national representative. He was a delegate to the Wales TUC from 1982 to 2010. Bernard was also a member of the Wales TUC General Council and Executive General Council from 2009 – 2010. He was elected to the CWU National Executive Council and Engineering Executive in 1997 and served as a member of the NEC and T&FS until his retirement in 2010.
He was proud to be a member of the Socialist Party. Bernard also represented the union from 2007 until his retirement as an Executive Member of the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign.
Bernard’s dedicated service to the union was recognised when he was presented with the Union’s Gold Badge in 2010. The CWU also presented Bernard with its highest award, National Honorary Membership in April 2012.
Bernard made a huge contribution over many years both to the CWU and its predecessor unions – and to the wider trade union movement. He was very much rooted in Wales and was passionate about representing his branch, its members and the wider community. He was a well respected trade unionist of conviction and I know that he will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues in the union and wider labour movement.
At this terribly sad time our thoughts are of course with Bernard’s partner Grace, who many of you will know was a former CWU national Assistant Secretary. Bernard had immediate family in Wales and our thoughts are also with them. I will on behalf of the CWU convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to Grace and other family members.
For the last few years Bernard and Grace have lived in Spain and I can confirm that the funeral did take place during last weekend. We have been advised that a Memorial Service will take place in due course to celebrate Bernard’s life and the contribution he made to the union and wider trade union movement. We will contact branches again when further information is made available about the arrangements for this event.
If you wish to convey your condolences, you can contact Grace Mitchell by email on email@example.com.
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