In Memory of Dr Ed Rooksby

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Ed Rooksby made a great contribution across so many fields, including socialism, trade unionism and education and was such a kind and generous person - my condolences to his colleagues, friends and family

Ed was a very special person who touched the lives of many people

My thoughts are with Ed's family and friends. I had the good fortune and privilege to see my undergraduate dissertation supervised by Dr Rooksby. He supported me throughout, every step of the way, especially during the unsettling time of Spring 2020. Never once did he let his health struggles get in the way of his commitments towards us students. Later in the year he enthusiastically supported my Master's applications with kind words of advice and encouragement. Knowing that he found the time to help me, still a relative stranger, whilst navigating the pain and anxiety that the illness forced on him, humbles me and fills me with immense gratitude.

I never met Ed but he sounds like a wonderful human, and support for vulnerable students when they need it is a fantastic way to honour a man committed to social justice and equality.

I didn't know Ed personally, but I certainly know his work on-campus, in academia and in the wider global context. York has lost an admirable colleague and the world a good person.

Thank you Ed, for being the most wonderfully, kind-hearted soul and the best supervisor ever, always going above and beyond to be there for everyone. Rest in peace x

Ed was proud to be a lecturer at York

Ed was a wonderful colleague and friend, he was inspirational to the students he taught. He is missed by many.

We miss you Ed and remember you fondly.