June 15, 1938 – September 7, 2017
Stuart Monro passed away on the evening of Thursday, September 7. He collapsed suddenly after having suffered from heart problems.His passing came as a huge shock to all who knew him. We convey our deep condolences to Charlotte, his wife and comrade, and to his daughter Anna, and to all his family and friends.
Stuart Monro studied drama in Bristol and film at the London School of Film. As a film maker he became politically active, dedicating his film-making to the progress of humanity and a new world.
Charlotte has written: “He has given so much to people, to our times, to our movements. His films, his wisdom, and his great love and loyalty to people, and his humour. And what he has given will live on in all of us.” And Anna wrote: “He welcomed people in with a warm heart and such a sparkle in his eyes.”
Stuart was one arrested and jailed on trumped-up charges in the early 1970s.
He stood on a progressive and democratic platform in a number of elections in South London in the 1970s. Stuart participated in the work of a Communist and as a working class and trade union organiser, noted for his ability to unite the workers in fighting for their rights and interests. This quality was also notable when he became a health worker and participated in the work to uphold health care as a right and to safeguard the future of the health service. Stuart also participated throughout his political life in many delegations strengthening ties in the international communist movement.
Stuart never abandoned his film and video-making, and for the past 20 years and more he was active as an independent film maker. His films cover a huge range, and are characterised by a humanity and a sympathy for what is progressive.
Stuart covered subjects ranging from the historical to the world around him of community, family and friends, up to the movements of the people in their struggle for a different and better world.
Recent films had focused on the fight to save Lewisham hospital and safeguard the future of the health service. These films were made with the express purpose of assisting the struggle as it unfolded, capturing the moment of the here and now.
Last year, a one-day festival of his films was staged at Morley College in London.
Stuart had an enthusiasm for life and a questing spirit that was always seeking to move on to answer the call of history.
Stuart also had a deep love of nature, of the beauty of the natural and social environments. He was always excited by new developments and his generous and engaging spirit made him loved by all. He will be greatly missed by so many people.
Stuart, your memory will always inspire us!