I was very sorry to hear about the death of Douglas Sager, a local resident and active campaigner for the rights of disabled people. Lourdes Keever has written this tribute to a much missed friend:
“A great friend to many and an active campaigner for the rights of the disabled and vulnerable died on Wednesday 21stJanuary having been received into hospital the previous Friday suffering from COVID-19.
Despite suffering from Charcot Marie Tooth he had an amazing energy and a real sense of care for others. He was an active member of the CMT Uk community and had been the London Co-ordinator until towards the end of last year. Whilst involved in the latter , he worked on several projects including the publication of a CMT calendar and the making of an excellent short film to increase the awareness of the disease. He also had time to participate in the setting up of Social Care Alliance Haringey, be involved in Fourteen 14% , KONP , Public Voice and was recently supporting the establishment of a new organisation Disability Action Haringey.
Politics was always important to Doug. He was an active member of the Hornsey and Wood Green Constituency Labour Party where he job-shared the Constituency Disability Officer post before moving to Barnet where he became a popular and active member taking up several issues within the party structure.
Doug’s death has shocked so many as it was so sudden. He has condolences sent in by many including senior members of the Local Authority. He loved life, loved to dance and write poetry . He will be missed by so many . In conclusion, he lived his life through others . He never stopped giving.”