Keith and I used to go to lunch every Friday. On one occasion we went to The Grand Hotel and on leaving, Keith was parked in the rear car park which is on an angle. On taking off, his towbar nicked a number plate unaware to us. Two or three days later, the police contacted Keith - they were going to charge him for leaving the scene of an accident or his option was to go and sort it out with the car owner.
So Keith asked me to go with him and the address was in Somerville. We turned up at the property, Keith in a huff and approached the car and saw the slight dint on the number plate. The guy came out and his quote to fix the number plate was $300!! After discussions we decided to pay the $300 because of the illuming police charge. Leaving the scene Keith suggested we go to the Somerville Hotel for lunch, which we had an enjoyable lunch. On the way home down Bungower Rd we sighted the same vehicle rolled in a ditch beside the road. I suggested to Keith that we pull over and help him. With a big smirk Keith said, “Yes we will”. So we stopped, asked the gentlemen in question, does he need a hand? As he looked up and recognised Keith, he said No! Keith’s reply “hope your F*ing number plate is not damaged”! and smirked the way home!
He answered to them all usually with a hrrmph. We all knew that was just Keith.
Keith was on the MYC committee for around 18 years and his ability at recalling minutes from years earlier was astounding and so valuable, although probably most notably was the first and sometimes only words he said at the meetings was:
''I move that the incoming correspondence be accepted and the outgoing correspondence be approved”
Keith was an integral part of Team MYC and l would be surprised if he isn't watching now making sure we get it right. Keith we will miss you but forever we will remember you.
Sheryl Schumacher, Commodore
You didn’t mind though as this was how Keith operated, he did things right the first time, no exceptions, the way tasks should be done. You may think this is being “grumpy” or harsh but more often than not when Keith was in the office he was respectful, charming, even funny at times….an enigma.
We feel privileged to have been allowed to see Keith’s soft side - Thank you Keith for your support of the MYC office, your respect & your smile with sparkling eyes.
Your contribution to the Mornington Yacht Club may have ended but will not be forgotten.
Rest in peace, the MYC office
They just don't make them like that anymore,
His don't beat around the bush direct conversation telling you as it really is, his considerable engineering knowledge with all things structural and mechanical will be greatly missed. His contribution to our club was considerable, but what I will miss more than anything is his short two worded considered comments with that smile that only Keith could deliver either from the committee room or from behind his favourite round table with coffee in hand at the bar.
Telling us Etchells guys off yet again for damaging the crane that he just spent the previous week fixing so we could all go racing on the weekend.
Not many have cared for our club as much for so long as Keith, he was the one whom in his quite direct manner could just fix stuff with no fuss and very little expense.
He will be sadly missed and as I said before they just don't make them like that anymore…may he always be on the lifted tack,
Graeme Alexander, Past Commodore
Ron had released the slipping ropes before the crane slings were attached and the boat was in danger of falling out of the cradle.
Strangely enough he never let me live it down! His contribution to our club cannot be quantified…..
The porcupine with the soft heart and cheeky grin - Greg Martin, Past Commodore
Action was not always the key factor on Thursdays and the morning was always ended with coffee and biscuits. Cream cake was added to the menu over the years and Keith was always given the largest portion and if there was any leftover it was Keith’s - no discussion entered into.
Keith was the backbone of Mornington Yacht club and will be sadly missed,
The TAG Team