Keith Brice Memorial Page
Keith always had a nice word to say about everyone and even more so his scouts, R.I.P Keith Much Missed, Chris x
Keith Brice, of Esk Terrace, Whitby, died Friday 4th June 2010 after a four-year battle against lung disease.
Keith came to Whitby in 1964 as an 18-year-old when his father, a sergeant in the RAF, was posted to Fylingdales early warning station.
It was when as he was working as a lifeguard at the open-air swimming pool that he met Bridget whom he married five years later and with whom he celebrated a 40th wedding anniversary May 2010.
Bridget told the Whitby Gazette it was love at first sight.
“It was a romantic meeting. I had lost my necklace at the outdoor swimming pool.
“He swooped in and retrieved it and gave it back to me and I was very impressed.
“He was very sun-tanned and had blonde hair back in those days.”
The couple went on to have three children, sons Daniel and Jonathan and daughter Gemma.
Keith, who was born in Newport, in Wales – hence his love of rugby which saw him captain Whitby’s 2nd XI – worked at Boulby Mine for around 25 years before working for Coastal and Country.
But it will be for his part played in many local organisations which he is renowned for and where he made so many friends.
When his boys joined Eskmouth Scouts, he was asked to produce a gang show for the troop which proved a great success.
He enjoyed reliving the memories of his own Scouting days so much that he joined as an assistant Scout leader, soon went on to become a full Scout leader and eventually became Eskmouth Group Scout Leader, a position he held up until the time of his death.
Later he was invited to be assistant District Commissioner and then full District Commissioner, a post that he held for many years.
An example of his devotion to local Scouting was illustrated when, due to a lack of prospective leaders, he ran the Beaver, Cub and Scout groups, to ensure they continued.
Running parallel with his involvement in Scouting were Keith’s thespian activities which began in 1969 with Whitby Operatic Society, then with the Apollo Players.
He became renowned as a popular panto dame and then society chairman, acting with the group for more than 30 years.
When first married, Keith and Bridget lived in Sleights.
They then moved to Esk Terrace in Whitby where they lived for 26 years which is when Keith was asked to be chairman of the residents’ association.
In this position he saw through such projects as the paving at the front of the terrace, a mighty achievement by members of the association who paid for the stone and laid it themselves, each labouring on the stretch in front of their own particular houses.
Later he spearheaded the movement to ensure the covenant set up by Thomas Fishburn to protect the aspect out over the marina and river was adhered to, ensuring any proposed building development in front of the terrace reflected this ruling.
But it was aspects of the Scout Law that wife Bridget used to pay her own personal tribute to Keith:
“A Scout is to be trusted.
“A Scout is loyal.
“A Scout is friendly and considerate.
“A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
“He could be, he was and he did.”
And a sympathy card which Bridget received summed things up poignantly, which said: “What do you say about a scout commissioner who was a cub at heart.”