Heath Old Boys Association


Obituaries


Keith Albert Johnson: –1999 [Heath 1946–1953]

Keith Albert Johnson, Albert to his old friends, was born on and attended Heath between 1946 and 1953. He was a quiet, unassuming character who, whilst at Heath, proved himself to be an excellent sprinter and rugby player. He played an active part in the re-formation of Heath RUFC in 1957 and played in the centre, captaining the side for several seasons. He also performed the duties of fixture secretary for many years with absolute reliability and without fuss. His interest in all sports included Halifax RLFC where his father had been secretary.

His characteristic loyalty manifested itself also in his lifelong commitment to his Christian faith and the choir of St Jude’s Church. His working life was spent in sales, for many years at Plasticisers in Drighlington where he was a highly regarded member of the management team.

Sadly, he was badly injured in a motor accident on the M6 in 1987 where he and other Old Heathens were travelling in a minibus which was hit by a truck. He spent the last twelve years of his life confined to a bed in a nursing home. He died in autumn 1999 and left his wife, Sheila, stepson, Michael, and many friends from Heath and St Jude’s, with all of whom we share out deepest sympathy.

First appeared in the Newsletter dated .