The family of the late Keith White invited friends and colleagues to Banchory Golf Club to celebrate his life and share stories about a man who truly cared for his community, writes Anne Lamb.
Keith passed away on April 28 at Glen O’Dee Hospital after being ill for some time.
The large crowd assembled at the golf club included community council members, members of Banchory Lions Club, fellow golfers and many personal and family friends.
On behalf of his mother, Isobel, his sister Kaye and brother Finlay, Craig White thanked the assembled guests for the help and support given to the family, who were still coming to terms with their loss.
Craig spoke movingly of the loving home in which he grew up and the welcome Keith and Isobel gave to all who came into their home. Keith was never happier than when the house was buzzing with laughter and his generous spirit ensured it was an extended family which came to count the White household as home.
Linda Clark, who worked closely with Keith in Banchory Community Council, commented on the support Keith had given her when she became chair of BCC, touching on the wry sense of humour Keith had, which often came as a surprise to those who only saw his more formal and serious side. Linda also spoke of the compassion Keith held for those less able to represent themselves.
His commitment to the community he loved saw him become a founder member of Banchory Lions Club in 1990, becoming the first club president and holding every other office at least once, including a year as regional chairman. He completed his third term as president in the club’s 20th anniversary year, despite illness.
Wendy Sadler, community council secretary, presented Isobel with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the community and members of the community council, past and present.
Craig concluded by saying how reassured the family was in knowing Isobel was surrounded by so many loving friends.