Obituary: Rowland Hilder
Saturday 29 May 1993
I did not meet him until after the Blackheath by-election, when Rowland and Edith Hilder (who were pacifists) joined the party, although I had long enjoyed Rowland's fine paintings. With characteristic generosity, he offered his studio for monthly party meetings and in these, while playing an active part in proceedings, he sketched people and objects.
Broadminded, classless, modest and generous and with a keen sense of humour, he radiated friendship. His conversation was rich in range and depth, embracing cricket, Communism, race, peace-making and every aspect of constructive politics. He succeeded Donald Swann as President of the Fellowship Party, a post he filled during the 1980s, with deftness and great humanity. In his final years, his eyesight declined, forcing him to give up his beloved reading, and he had to adapt his painting technique.
When I last saw him in January, he had begun a new painting that day and inquired anxiously about prospects for world peace.
- 1 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 2 Indian woman creates 'Marriage CV' after parents put her on dating site: 'Definitely not marriage material. Won’t grow long hair, ever'
- 3 World Book Day: Boy 'excluded' from school after dressing up as Fifty Shades' Christian Grey
- 4 Bad Jews poster 'censored' on London Tube
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
Indian woman creates 'Marriage CV' after parents put her on dating site: 'Definitely not marriage material. Won’t grow long hair, ever'
Isis 'bulldozes' Nimrud: UNESCO condemns destruction of ancient Assyrian site as a 'war crime'
Professor Brian Cox brands astrology-believing Tory MP David Tredinnick an 'outlier on the spectrum of reason'
Lynch mob kills suspected rapist in India after dragging him naked for four miles through city
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Elif Shafak: Turkish author warns against rise of British nationalism
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...
£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...
£25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An HR Consultant is required to join thi...