“We are so proud of you. We will miss you forever.”
Keith passed away peacefully at home knowing he was loved and cared for, aged 79 years.
The loving husband of Anne, dearest dad of Julie and Karen, cherished grandad of Gavin, Toni, Connor and Codie. Also a dear friend to many. Keith will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by everyone who knew him.
Keith was born at Barrymore Road, Owley Wood, Weaverham on the 14th January, 1939. He was the younger brother to a sister June, and older brother to Alan, Tommy and Graham. At the age of 4 he attended Forrest Street School, Weaverham until the age of 15, but if anyone upset him, his sister June was always there to defend him. He was always top of his class but would always be late, so very often he would get six of the best. They made him the late monitor, but nobody was ever late because Keith would still be the last to arrive.
Keith started work at the age of 5, knocking on doors in Weaverham, for the local butcher’s van for the princely sum of 6d, about 2p in today’s money. When he was 7 until he was 15, he would deliver newspapers, sometimes doing a double round and would always contribute his wages to the family budget. He loved to go fishing, especially with his brother Tommy at Pettypool, taking out a boat, sitting in the middle of the lake, cooking bacon and eggs on a camping stove – he did love his bacon.In his teenage years he was a member of Northwich Rowing Club, winning many races.
Keith started work in Crewe Works as an apprentice fitter/turner when he reached 15. He found this to be a culture shock, with the noise of the machinery and there were no health and safety rules, not even washing facilities. He worked on steam engines, progressing to diesel and electric, but his passion was always the steam engines. When he was 21 he was recruited into the Royal Army Pay Corp and was stationed in Fallingbostel in Germany. Whilst on leave in August 1962 he met Anne in Weaverham and they were married in 1965. Anne and Keith were married for 54 happy years. He was very proud of his children Julie and Karen and his grandchildren Gavin, Toni, Connor and Codie.
His funeral will take place on Thursday 17th January in the Crematorium Chapel, Crewe at 2pm, followed by cremation.
Donations in Keith’s memory will be gratefully received on behalf of The Royal British Legion.
For any further information regarding Keith’s funeral please contact our funeral home on 01270 584447.