Tribute to senior caseworker Gilly Mundy, who died 10 years ago today
17 March 2017
INQUEST director Deborah Coles remembers Gilly Mundy:
Ten years ago today, INQUEST’s senior caseworker Gilly Mundy died suddenly aged 36. His unique way of patiently listening, guiding and providing strength to families led them to describe Gilly as "a man of the people", and “an angel” (he particularly enjoyed that description!).
He combined his politics and mammoth passion and determination for what was right and just, with his compassion, humour and love for life. He was a wonderful friend to me and many others. He is much loved and much missed. In remembering him today I wanted him to speak about what was important about his work. These are his words, that continue to inspire:
“I don’t see myself as objective, nor do I aspire to be. We are truthful and that is objective but primarily I see myself as fighting the corner of the families. The state creates a ‘them’ and ‘us’ division – we didn’t choose it. Politically I see this as very important. To be a thorn in the side of the state is an important political role."
‘At the time of the tragedy, I had no idea of what to do or who to turn to. By luck, I found yourselves and contacted you, the rest as we say is history. On behalf of [my brother's] family, friends and myself I would just like to thank you so much for your professional support and advice during that difficult period and without that help, I do not think we would be where we are today.’
– Brother of a man who died in police custody