Mojo Barriers managing director Patrick Jordan died of a suspected heart attack April 10.
Described as “a gentle giant,” Jordan, 44, received an honorary doctorate from Buckingham New University in 2006 in recognition of his contribution to research in crowd safety.
The British company constructs crowd barriers and services many of Europe’s major festivals.
“He was an inspirational man who took what seemed to be one of the most utilitarian pieces of concert equipment, an aluminium barrier, and through it focused the minds of promoters, production managers and academics on saving lives through effective crowd safety at live events,” said Graham Brown of Resource PR.
“For all of that Patrick will be remembered for the way he touched so many people on a personal level. His genial personality led to him being known as the ‘gentle giant.’
“Patrick was the calm in the eye of the storm, injected his great sense of humour into every situation and was a ‘can do’ man who achieved great things in his all too short life.”
During his spell as Mojo Barriers MD, which began in 1993, he built the company as one of the world’s most respected crowd barrier companies, continually raising levels of audience and artist safety through the implementation of improved working practices and technological innovations.