The Very Lovely Keith Chapman

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‘I have been driven, not by any particular faith, religion, ambition or rewards but have endeavoured to put in some support somewhere it is needed and to be part of an organisation in my own city working with others with the same goal in life’. Keith Chapman 2014.

We were very sad to hear that our dear colleague and fellow trustee Keith Chapman had passed away on 16th January aged 70.  Keith was an active community champion with great voice for speaking up and highlighting issues.  As a trustee of YILN he brought great passion and practicality for both social justice and everyday accessibility for disabled people in York.   He was also someone that would help light up the room with a great deal of energy and a laugh.

Just before Christmas I visited Keith at his home to interview about his memories of Lynn Jeffries, who helped set up YILN.  Keith shared loads of his great memories about Lynn and said that she was someone that always spoke up, always had an eye out for where things could be made better and that  that made her a champion in his mind.

Just after Christmas Keith phoned me to say he’d approached who was struggling to use an an indoor walking frame outdoors in the street, asked them about it, told them about a possibly more suitable one and then offered to get onto their GP and others to see it sorted.  Like Lynn, Keith always had an eye out for things, and something to say about how they could be made better.  His everyday activism is something we will miss for sure.

It was a great pleasure to work with Keith, he was a real community champion and we will remember him as such.  Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.  His funeral will be on FRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2018 at York Crematorium at 1.40pm.

 

One Response

  1. So sorry to hear about Keith’s passing. I first met him about 40 years ago when I worked with Fuller Life Action Group with Maureen Ryan on a Job Creation Project. You are right he was a lovely man who was always looking out for ways he could help and encourage people.

    Gill Thompson

    > On 08 February 2018 at 20:30 York Independent Living Network > wrote: > > York Independent Living Network posted: ” We were very sad to hear that > our dear colleague and fellow trustee Keith Chapman had passed away on 16th > January aged 70. Keith was an active community champion with great voice for > speaking up and highlighting issues. As a trustee of YILN he brought” >

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