I am so sorry to have to advise you that Keith lost a brief battle against COVID-19 on Sunday. You may be aware he has been very poorly for some time but unfortunately contracted the disease as a patient in Queen Alexandra Hospital on Tuesday and passed away on Sunday. I am sure many will join me in passing their kind thoughts to his family. Fortunately they were able to be with him for his last hours.
It has been a privilege to have known Keith for 33 years. He first stood and was elected for Sarisbury Ward in 1988 and has been a Councillor for 30 years having subsequently represented Locks Heath Ward on Fareham Borough Council . He was an excellent Executive Member for Planning and Development. He was elected to Hampshire County Council in 2005 and as he was Chairman of the River Hamble Harbour Board the flag above the Harbourmaster’s Office in Warsash is flying at half-mast today.
The Union Flag outside the Civic Offices in Fareham is being flown at half-mast today and tomorrow as a mark of respect. It will also be flown at half-mast on the day of Cllr Evans’s funeral, the date of which is yet to be confirmed.
I am extremely saddened by this news and will miss Keith terribly. We have worked closely together for the past three decades and he has been a valued member of the Executive and indeed a personal friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children at this very difficult time.