Journalist Bob Sarti Death – Dead | Obituary – Passed Away
Bob Sarti Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Bob Sarti.
Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.
This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.
Learned today of the death of Bob Sarti. Feelings of loss and legacy. Bob had suffered from the effects of stroke for the last number of years and in recent weeks his death was expected soon.
Some years ago the folks at Carnegie Centre threw Bob a retirement party when he stepped away from years as a kitchen volunteer. My few words about him were that “he put the civil back into civil disobedience.” He was complex but not contradictory, of mild manner personally but stalwart in public demonstrations where he often risked arrest. A gentle man of principles and the courage to act on them.
And articulate. I met him 50 years ago, the politically hot summer of 1970. He was a Vancouver Sun reporter assigned to cover the Groucho-Marxist agit-prop gang, the Yippies, who had called demonstrations against the Vietnam war, against solitary confinement in the prison system, and — big issue of the day — against The Bay’s refusal to serve coffee to hippies. Bob covered these events, filed his stories, joined the Yippies.
He was a founder of Open Road, an international anarchist newsmagazine that punched above the weight of its small collective staff (me included). In later years he collaborated with Theatre in the Raw to produce his East Van trilogy: Bruce: the Musical, Yippies in Love and The Raymur Mothers, in each of which Bob the reporter gathered the stories behind overlooked working-class history and fashioned them into funny, touching musical entertainments for the people who had lived the events and those who never would have known. The Raymur Mothers, for instance, was staged at the Russian Hall adjacent to the now-Ray-Cam housing complex where the “welfare mothers” of then-Raymur camped on railway tracks, fought for and won a safe overpass so their kids could get to school.
Bob interviewed me for Yippies, later snagged me an honorarium as dramaturge for Raymur. Especially in the latter show I saw him up to his usual tricks: listening, respecting and accepting contrary opinions, often enough standing his ground. His calling was the solitary chore of writing but at his core he was a collectivist, a collaborator, a cooperator. A good friend to have.
Condolences to son Doug and family, to partner Muggs, to us in Bob’s many overlapping communities. Job well done.
We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.