Delmer Berg Memorial in Berkeley, CA
Del Berg’s son Ernst, comrades and friends celebrated Del Berg’s life at Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library in Berkeley, CA on May 21, 2016. On the wall behind the podium, was a Spanish flag with the International Brigades logo, which was hand-made by Nate and Corine Thorton. Corine told the story of how she and Nate met Del. His comrades remembered him fondly. Among the audience was a Spaniard, Char Prieto, who read a poem she wrote to celebrate Del’s 100th birthday.
Ernst told an interesting story about how his father used salvaged material and borrowed equipment to build his mountain-top house after he was retired. Ernst also revealed another dimension about his father. We all know that Del was elected as a vice president of his local chapter of the N.A.A.C.P, but he was also a president of a senior’s dance club!
Above all, Del Berg will be remembered as the last veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and for his life-long activism in the working people’s movement.
Photos by Len and Nancy Tsou: