Keith Baker 1953 – 2010
On 18 June the sun came out as we followed Keith on his final journey up Scatterdells Lane and on to St Paul’s Church. The church was over flowing which was a testament to how much Keith was loved and respected.
Keith was a talented footballer nicknamed Flea or Whippet due to the fast speed he ran down the left wing. He loved the outdoor life and thrived on the beauty of our natural surroundings. His knowledge of nature and wildlife was second to none and he had a huge passion for bird watching.
Keith took on the challenge of fighting Mesothelioma with his usual courage and this was recognised by the Doctors who treated him. John Edwards, his surgeon in Sheffield, said of Keith, “Every patient with Mesothelioma is special to me but Keith was truly exceptional. He had tremendous spirit and determination and deserved more than any of us could give. It is people like Keith that drive me on to find a cure.”
Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and is known as the ‘Silent Killer’ as victims do not develop symptoms for between 20- 40 years after exposure by which time it is very advanced and little can be done. Keith was exposed to asbestos from his father’s overalls who also tragically died of Mesothelioma.
Keith was truly one of life’s givers; he achieved many things in his life and he leaves behind him a fantastic legacy.
He was a fantastic brother, friend, husband and, most importantly, a great father and stepfather .
I would like to thank The Hospice of St Francis, supporting both of us in the last weeks of Keith’s life, and my fantastic family, friends and neighbours who have also been on this painful journey with us and whose support has been invaluable.
We should all be thankful that Keith touched our lives and that we were given the chance to have known him. May his ‘footprints’ remain in our memories and hearts
forever. Hilary Baker