Mourners pay tribute to former Gosport mayoress

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FAMILY and friends have paid their respects to a former councillor and mayoress.

Yesterday saw the funeral of Kay Keith, whose son says she dedicated her life to her husband and children.

The 97-year-old, of Harbour Tower in Trinity Green, Gosport, died on April 24 and was remembered at St Mary’s in Alverstoke, Gosport.

A widow of former Mayor of Gosport Cllr Tom Keith, who died in 1992, she is remembered as a loving mother and dedicated local politician.

She is survived by four sons and nine grandchildren.

Her second eldest son John Keith, 67, of Devon, said his mother and father worked to ensure he and his brothers succeeded in life, only turning to politics after they had left.

He said: ‘They were interested on a national level but what really got it all going was the fact that they were Gosport people through and through.

‘They moved into Gosport straight after the war in 1946 into Grove Road, which was the family home.

‘That was why my dad represented Hardway ward, and then my mother got very involved along with him.’

Mrs Keith represented Town ward for a decade, from 1976 to 1986.