Funeral of NUJ giant Harry Conroy
Journalists and Scotland's labour and trade union movement joined the family of the late Harry Conroy at the funeral of the former NUJ general secretary in Cambuslang on Friday April 30.
Aged 67, he was a Member of Honour of the NUJ. Though he had endured ill-health for some time, mourners remembered Harry's constant good humour through a life committed to his family, his faith and his socialist principles.
Harry Conroy led the NUJ through many of the union's major battles for jobs and standards in journalism, including the notorious Murdoch Wapping dispute and the Thatcher censorship of BBC broadcasting.
He won respect for his union from the wider trade union movement in Britain and Ireland for his commitment to fairness and to decisive action in support of working people in struggle.
Current NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said: "Our thoughts are with Harry's beloved wife Margaret and their family at this sad time. He will be greatly missed by a wide circle in journalism, politics and beyond who valued his integrity, his wisdom, and also his generous friendship.
"Harry will be remembered by generations of journalists as a powerful advocate for improved pay and conditions and media freedom".
Harry was a former president of the NUJ, and current president Peter Murray, a fellow Scot, said: "Harry was a popular figure throughout the NUJ, and especially in Scotland where his militancy as a chapel rep was an inspiration to thousands of journalists."
Harry Conroy was NUJ general secretary between 1985 and 1990, had served as union president and was Group Father of Chapel at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, providing a united voice for seven unions and 27 local chapel organisations.
Harry's death has shocked his colleagues across the NUJ, who have been paying tribute