Obituary former County Press employee Keith Lacey Photo by Cindy Bingham
ISLAND-born former County Press employee, IW Council chairman and Newport Football Club president, Keith Allen George Lacey, died at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, on Monday (19), aged 86.
One of the County Press’ longest-serving employees, he started with the company in January, 1955, with a role in the printing department.
He spent a number of years on keyboard work and was then instrumental in starting the company’s offset litho department. After this, he became supervisor in the company’s camera/plate-making department.
While he was with the company, Mr Lacey was a shop steward for the National Graphical Association for several years and was one of those responsible for the introduction of the County Press’ pension scheme.
He retired in 1992 — forced by the pressures of also being a county councillor.
Mr Lacey began his career as a county councillor in 1967 when he won the town’s central division for the Liberals. He successfully defended his position when he became chairman of the authority in 1991 and held the seat until 1993, when he was appointed as a deputy Lord Lieutenant for the Island.
Born in Newport on December 12, 1929, to Harold, an IW Steam Railway engine driver, and Rose Lacey, he was educated in the town and attended 1st Newport (The Old Guard) Scout Group as a cub, when aged eight years.
His association with the group continued until he was aged 60, during which time he helped form 6th Newport Scouts.
He married Pat (nee Bassett) at St John’s Church, Newport, on October 3, 1953.
Mr Lacey, of College Road, Newport, was also a governor of Carisbrooke High School, Nodehill Middle and Newport CE Primary School and on the management committee of the Citizens Advice Bureau.
A football fan who supported Portsmouth Football Club, he latterly served as president of Newport Football Club and had been its chairman.
Mr Lacey’s funeral — a service of thanksgiving — will be held at St John’s Church, Newport, at 2pm on Monday, October 3. It follows a private family service at the IW Crematorium, Whippingham.
He is survived by his brother, Derek Lacey, his wife, three sons, a daughter and seven grandsons.