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Thread #158818   Message #3965537
Posted By: Steve Shaw
08-Dec-18 - 08:07 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
Subject: RE: Obit: Keith A of Hertford Nov. 2018
I'd known that Keith was poorly for a long time, though he was never explicit on the forum about it until his last days. There's been a really unfortunate spat about him on another thread that's made me sad, actually. Maybe because his death almost coincided with my dad's. I think it's fine to speak honestly and straightforwardly about differences we had with a member who has passed away, but there's a way of doing it that has evaded one or two people here. I disagreed with Keith on almost all of his takes on things going on in the world and regarded him as wrong-headed most of the time, and disliked his goading strategy, his modus operandi. But, as has been rightly said, he stuck with it and was, I think, genuinely enquiring as to what we thought about things, even if that was only so that he could find specific and often devious ways of knocking us down. Believe it or not, I did communicate with him privately on a few occasions, not many, and our exchanges were friendly and civil, and I was able to wish him well during his illness. I never met him nor heard his singing, though for a time my son lived in Hertford and we got to know the place quite well, though only in short visits (my in-laws are still there, natives of the town as they are). He was quite well known - and loved - for his singing in his local area, something I did bother to find out about in my feeble attempts to discover what made him tick, and I suppose that the people who knew the 3-D Keith saw a different man from the one some of us railed at here.