Pompey stars out in force to pay respects
Ray said: ‘Keith was such a lovely fella.
‘He was well loved and he was the type of person who would talk to anybody.’
Also at the funeral were representatives from the Harbour Cancer Support Centre, in Gosport, which Keith had fundraised for, and Peter Prince, Tom Prince’s uncle from the Tom Prince Cancer Trust, for which Keith had also fundraised.
As well as raising money for charities, he had been a big contributor to the original SOS Pompey group, which battled to save the club in the 1970s and the current Pompey Supporters Trust.
Here his career took off and he was named the South African league’s
cheap ray bans top player and even played against a Real Madrid side containing Ferenc Pusks and Alfredo Di Stfano.
He gave up playing professionally due to a knee injury, although that didn’t stop him playing many charity matches when he returned to Portsmouth with Pearl, whom he had met at Kimbells dance hall in Southsea. The couple had three children Sean, Michele and Darren and two grandchildren Josh and Jack.
Originally from Manchester, Keith became a true blue through his passion for the football club. A one minute clap in his honour was held by fans at the Portsmouth v AFC Wimbledon match on February 15.
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