Brent civil rights campaigner dies at 77

Civil rights campaigner Bob Walker died aged 77

Civil rights campaigner Bob Walker died aged 77 - Credit: Archant

The daughter of a community champion has paid a heartfelt tribute to her “hero” father who inspired a community.

Bob Walker, who lived in Manor Close, Kingsbury, was an avid civil rights campaigner, a proud husband, father-of-three and grandfather-of-five. He died aged 77.

Vanessa Vecchi said: “Our mother is completely broken – it all feels completely surreal.

“Growing up, we would not always see much of him because he worked long hours and he would dedicate his spare time working with the community.

“We are proud of his achievement and his legacy will continue through his grandchildren.”

Born in Guyana, Mr Walker came to the UK in 1962 and spent three decades working for London Transport.

He was involved in hosts of community groups including the West Indian Women’s Association and the Brent Community Relations Council – which he chaired.

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His tireless work ensuring with ethnic minorities were treated fairly and given the same opportunities in education has been heralded for helping unite residents of all different backgrounds.

Mr Walker’s funeral took place yesterday.

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