Vestas Campaigner Patrick Rolfe Dies

Sad to hear that 24 year old Vestas Campaigner from London died yesterday from a rare form of stomach cancer. Do you remember meeting him when he was on the Island in 2009?

Sad news reached us here at VB this morning, when we heard of the death of Patrick Rolfe.

Patrick Rolfe at Vestas Rally in Newport August 2009Anyone involved in the Vestas protest will remember 24 year old Patrick, who came down to the Island to show support and solidarity for the 500 workers about to lose their jobs back in July 2009.

Patrick, originally from London, but more recently studying in Leeds, has been fighting a rare stomach cancer for the last few months and was finally defeated by the disease on Friday.

Share your good memories
His family and friends are keen to hear good memories from anyone who met Patrick during his time on the Island.

Feel free to leave your comments below for all to see.

We’ll be updating the article when other tributes are posted on the Save Vestas Blog [see post here] and Workers Liberty Website [see post here].

You can email Patrick’s friend, Edward Maltby, on for details of his funeral.

Thanks to Vicki M for letting us know. You can read her tribute to Patrick on her blog.

Our sincerest condolences go out to Patrick’s family and friends.

Monday, 13th June, 2011 11:46am



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Ed Maltby
Those who knew Patrick through the Vestas campaign can leave tributes to him here: Tributes to Patrick will also be posted up on the Great Unrest blog he wrote for, at This is an article that Patrick wrote during the early stages of the Vestas campaign, when a small group of us were leafleting the factory and trying to get a first meeting going. Patrick… Read more »
Bass Gurl

Really sorry to hear this news, I remember meeting Pat on the roundabout and thought he was a lovely guy. Rest in peace.

Robin Sivapalan
Written for the ‘Vestas Library’ website: Remembering Patrick Rolfe who died 10th June, one of a small group of young activists who came to the Isle of Wight in the summer of 2009, camped out in the Ryde Labour hall and the industrial estate in Newport, and helped kick-start the big campaign to keep open the Vestas factory and save 500 local jobs. Patrick had been involved,… Read more »

A lovely, gentle and caring man. Very sad day