Sir Fred Catherwood

By Michael Schluter

Exif_JPEG_PICTURESir Fred Catherwood, who died on November 30th 2014, was a person who knew the Lord well. He was committed to issues of justice and integrity, and lived out what he believed. For me personally, he was a source of inspiration for close to 30 years and gave time and support in many other ways to the initiatives which the Jubilee Centre launched in the 1980s and subsequently. He strongly backed the Keep Sunday Special Campaign both in Britain and in Europe. He was involved in the high level but low profile meetings which the Jubilee Centre organised through the Newick Park Initiative between the South African establishment and the ANC in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He strongly believed in the initiative called Citylife (now Allia) which raised money to tackle urban unemployment.

In his role as chairman of the external economic relations committee of the European Parliament, Sir Fred was concerned in the 1980s at the way the European Community (EC), as it then was, dumped surplus meat products into the Middle East and thus destroyed the livelihoods of livestock owners and pastoralists in Ethiopia and Somalia. He asked me to write a paper to demonstrate the economic impact that the EC subsidised exports were having on the livelihoods of these people. With the support of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), for whom I had worked previously, a paper was produced for the European Parliament to deal with this initiative. It was one small example of the many initiatives that Sir Fred took in his various roles in the European Parliament to make the world a better place.

The Jubilee Centre will miss Sir Fred as much for his inspiring example as for his practical support in the circles of government and business. We are grateful to God for giving him to us as our local member of the European Parliament, for raising him up to be a Vice-President of the Parliament and for making him shine as such a bright light in the sometimes murky world of international economics and politics. He will be greatly missed.

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December, 2014

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  1. Júlio Reis says:

    I hadn’t known Sir Fred Catherwood had passed away. I never followed his career, but I once met him when he came to Lisbon around 1990 to speak with young Christian university students (such as I was) on the matter of politics. He touched me as a very humble person in such a lofty post. I was also very impressed with his sensitivity to the problem of illegal immigrants crossing the Mediterranean in such desperate conditions, which is so apparent now but that he foresaw then.

    Looking forward to being with him forever, one day.

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