Died 8 October 2010, aged 75: Sandal resident Keith Aaron was a founder member of Wakefield Sports Council, a group which brought together a variety sporting organisations. Among the many organisations he represented were the Federation of Yorkshire Sport, Wakefield Community Empowerment Network and Wakefield Council’s livability overview and scrutiny committee.
He sat on the judging panel of the Wakefield Express Sports Awards and was also a member of Wakefield Probus and Wombwell Cricket Lovers’ Society. He was a great supporter of Sportsaid, which helps young athletes. Keith’s own sporting background included playing football for Alverthorpe Youth Club and Old Thornesians and playing for Paton and Baldwin’s cricket team, which became Wakefield Thornes Cricket Club. He was a proud family man and had a daughter Dawn, son-in-law Paul and two grandsons Jamie and Ben. He would regularly go to watch Jamie, a FA-qualified referee, and Ben play both football and R32;cricket. The night before he died he was thrilled to learn Ben had been picked to play football for Lincolnshire.
Express sports editor Steve Heptinstall said Keith’s knowledge of the local sporting scene was invaluable to the Sports Awards panel. He said: “As a judge, he was discerning, firm and, above all, fair. He took the Sports Awards incredibly seriously but was never without a smile and could be relied on to inject humour into proceedings at just the right moment if the mood needed lightening. He will be missed by the Express sports team, who came to think of him more as a friend than a work acquaintance.” Lisa Dodd, service director for sport and culture at Wakefield Council, said: “ Keith made sure local sport benefited from any opportunity that came around. His beliefs, enthusiasm and passion for local sport was inspiring to all.”
He worked in finance for British Gas for 40 years before retiring in 1993. He joined Sandal Community Association when it was first formed and was active in local debates.The funeral was at the Salvation Army Citadel on Vicarage Street, Wakefield.