On 10 October 2014 a very special man, a Barbadian icon, a family man, a spiritual man, a once adept golfer, an agricultural innovator, and a rum connoisseur par excellence, was remembered at a Memorial Mass at St.Patrick’s cathedral officiated by Bishop Anthony Dickson.
In the eulogy his youngest brother, Peter, had this to say:
Keith overflowed with the joy of life. He found life ‘fantastic!’: his favorite word of approval. He also had an extraordinary love of people. He greeted every woman he met, intimate friend or total stranger, with a big hug and the words “ah, love of my life”.
He infected everyone he met with his good spirits, humour, hope and unwavering determination, as all his many many friends scattered across the world can attest to. In his final years he dedicated himself to making at least six people smile every day.Keith was exuberantly contagious.
The entire eulogy is attached here and worth reading to get the sense of this incredible unique individual who was loved by all and whose passing has left a huge gap in the Barbados Community and especially with the parishioners at Our Lady Of The Rosary Church at Verdun where his cheerful countenance was to be seen at each sunday mass.
His wife Marina, seen with Keith in the above photo, (taken at his ‘chalet’ in the foothills of Chalky Mount, Cattlewash, St. Joseph on his 80th birthday in 2013) greeted the mourners entering the church with a smile, safe in the knowledge that her Keith was with his Creator where no doubt the angels are singing him the hallelujah chorus and offering him the finest Bajan rum.
His family so aptly expressed their feelings in these words of Robert Burns:
An honest man here lies at rest
As e’er God his image blest;
The friend of man, the friend of truth
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
Few heads with knowledge so well informed;
If there is another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.