SEAS was saddened to hear of the passing of Margaret McCafferty, Educator, Political Activist and former executive member of the SEA in Scotland for many years.
Margaret taught for many years in John Bosco Secondary in Glasgow’s Gorbals. Margaret was the kind of teacher who always put the young people at the centre of her approach to Education and was someone young people trusted. “Mrs McCafferty” was always available to talk and to listen. Margaret displayed a heightened sense of concern and was a reminder that we neglect the quality and depth of the support that Guidance teachers with the personal touch like Margaret offer to young people facing challenging times in their lives.
In the south side of Glasgow within the Labour Party and Co-operative Party Margaret was renowned. She served as a City councillor for over 10 years for the Battlefield ward and held Executive positions in the CLP and within the Council particularly linked to education and culture. She shared council membership with Chic, her husband, mentor, love of her life.
Margaret and Chic were both strong supporters of the work of the SEA in Scotland. They were passionate advocates for socialised comprehensive schooling and keen to emphasise its role in promoting the interests of the communities they served. Margaret served in various positions in the SEAS.
Her achievements were always underpinned by her straightforward approach, a no-nonsense manner yet so personable, caring and always willing to fight the corner for those in need and those less fortunate. Her socialism was formed out the personal politics of the individual writ large into its wider social significance.
Her humour and laughter will be sadly missed.
On Monday 26th June Mass at St Roberts at 10am, Linn Crematorium at 11am, then onto Loks in Shawlands
No flowers please; donations to Cancer Research in lieu of flowers are the family’s preference.
St Robert Bellarmine Church
310 Peat Road
Glasgow G53 6SA