Birmingham artist, teacher and union leader Tony Miller has died aged 67.
Mr Miller trained as a painter at Bournville School of Art and became a painter at Birmingham College of Art before becoming an art teacher at Lordswood Boys School in Harborne.
A campaigning streak manifested itself when he joined Birmingham's branch of the National Union of Teachers in the 1970s, becoming its public relations officer before rising to the union's national executive.
NUT West Midland regional officer Paul Rod-bourn, remembered Mr Miller as a strong defender of schools.
"He was well-thought of in the education community and was passionate about state education and making sure that we had the best system you can aspire to.
"Tony was a very persuasive tone about him. He wasn't in the Arthur Scargill school of unionism. He used reasoned argument with wit to get his point across."
While he was on the national executive during the mid-80s, Mr Miller was involved in a number of battles over key issues such as increasing the level of pay for teachers.
The union also fought - and lost - the fight against devolving power from local education authorities directly to schools.
Mr Miller was also involved in the campaign to refurbish Birmingham's Town Hall.
In his art, Mr Miller specialised in natural forms and landscapes and regularly displayed his work in the city.
Mr Miller is survived by his former wife Val, two daughters, Helen and Louise, four granddaughters and a grandson.
His funeral will be today at Lodge Hill Crematorium.