The passing of Redmond O’Neil came as a great shock to everyone who knew him, most of all those who like me, had been privileged to have worked with him and known him personally. A lovely man and a truly wonderful friend who had the most incredible energy, drive and enthusiasm.
His work for the city of London and for its inhabitants was exemplary, and his outlining of how he visualised London as a global city with its multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith population, was always exhilarating and enthralling.
During the Muslim community’s most trying times, Redmond was always a true friend and great supporter. His commitment to justice, freedom and humanity was rock-solid, and he never wavered in light of either his own illness or the going getting tough.
The minute silence impeccably observed in his memory by thousands upon thousands of people in Trafalgar Square during the Afghanistan protest on Saturday, was a measure of how much he was loved, admired and respected.
Redmond will indeed be sorely missed, but never ever forgotten.
Our condolences, sympathies and respect go to Kate, his family and all those who loved him.