Mike Marqusee 1953-2015


Mike Marqusee 1953-2015

“Our friend, comrade and colleague Mike Marqusee died on Tuesday, 13 January 2015. 

 Mike had been a constant companion of the Monitoring Group for nearly 30 years. He spent a brief time as a member of the management committee, but far longer as a fellow campaigner.  Over the past 30 years we worked together on many issues including racism in cricket, stop the war, and the civil rights movement.

Mike’s thoughts and writings were dynamic, new and fresh and full of hope and inspiring, as was his activism. His arrows were direct; they rarely missed their target. Mike believed in genuine human emancipation but also found joy in sports writing, a rare person who could explain the slow turn of a cricket ball, Ali’ jab, Dylan’s demanding lyrics or King’s dream oratory and both their wider social context and significance with equal expertise and passion. Mike’s presence made me believe that our liberations were bound together, without ifs and buts, by shared history, fearless audacity and emancipated future.

At the risk of sounding ridiculous, Mike absence will be hard to fill. He was a special being that you would want to meet again, in a painless field between life and nothingness and in the midst of sorrow and laughter.

We admired his bravery and commentary but loved the person even more”.

Suresh Grover 

Mike’s funeral will be on Tuesday 20 January, from 2.00pm – 3.45pm at:

St Marylebone Crematorium,
East End Road,
London N2 0RZ

Nearest tube: East Finchley or Finchley Central, then bus 143 (between Archway and Brent Cross)


His partner and family have sent the following message.

Mike Marqusee, my partner and our brother, died peacefully on 13 January 2015, aged 61.

He was an inspiration to all of us, and to those who met him, or knew him through his writing. He had been ill with multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer, since 2007. He received extraordinary care from the NHS, and, latterly, from St Joseph’s Hospice. The funeral will take place in the week starting 19 January, and there will be a memorial event in a few months’ time. Details of both will be posted shortly. Please feel free to attend either, or both, events. Contributions can be made in Mike’s memory to Medical Aid for Palestinians (www.map-uk.org), a cause close to Mike’s heart, and/or to St Joseph’s Hospice (www.stjh.org.uk).

Messages can be sent to lizdavies@riseup.net.

Liz Davies, Jeff Marqusee, Joanne Marqusee, Susan Marqusee and Ellen Marqusee.”

See link here for article in The Nation


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