John Rolfe

The sad death of former Kilburn councillor John Rolfe has come as a real shock for us all.

He started his political activism as a tenants’ leader, and it is fitting that he was still showing his zeal and commitment to tenants in Camden, particularly the north-west of the borough, as Chair of Hampstead District Management Committee when he died.

His fellow former ward councillor, Phil Turner, knew John far better than most; and has kindly given permission to reproduce this tribute to John which was sent to Camden Co-operative Party members:

I had the good fortune to be a councillor for Priory Ward with John from 1998 to 2002 and then for Kilburn ward from 2002 to 2006. Before becoming a councillor John had been a highly effective representative of Hilgrove Tenants Association and as a councillor he continued his work on behalf of tenants and those in housing need. In the years after 2006 he chaired the Camden Tenants Federation and latterly Swiss Cottage Community Association.

John was a man with a powerful social conscience who was prepared to devote much time and energy to helping individuals and working for tenants’ rights and economic and social justice. He will be sorely missed by many tenants and residents in Camden and particularly by those who knew him well – he was a man of principle and of good humour. He liked to define himself as a community activist: he was exactly that and the Camden community – and the Co-operative Party – is the poorer for his passing.

Phil Turner
Secretary, Camden Co-operative Party

We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends – RIP, comrade.

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