Keith Owen Newnham

Keith Newnham. Photo by Fiona Newnham

Keith Newnham. Photo by Fiona Newnham

Jon Moreno

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Friday, January 19, 2018 - 13:00

AN ISLAND-born man, who played an important role in the development of Ventnor Cricket Club, Keith Owen Newnham, has died at home on January 5, aged 73, following a long illness.
Mr Newnham had a long association with the club. Known to his many friends there as Newner, he joined as a 14-year-old player.
Work took him off the Island and on his return in 1972, he helped build the club’s new pavilion and played against an invitation XI to mark its official opening.
His various roles at Steephill included groundsman, treasurer, a role he held for more than 30 years, bar licensee and director. As the club developed, he devoted much time working with former chairman, the late John Hilsum, on the IW Cricket Academy lottery bid.
He received numerous clubman of the year awards.
Club director Graeme Burnett, said: “Keith will be remembered, not only as someone with a great loyalty, passion and commitment to the club, but also for his humour and comic recollections of local characters and infamous club tours.”
Mr Newnham, of St Boniface Road, Ventnor, was also a supporter of Ventnor Football Club, as a linesman and committee member. He sold programmes inside Wembley Stadium for the 1966 World Cup Final.
Born in St Boniface Road, Ventnor, on March 13, 1944, he was the eldest child of Ron and Gwen Newnham and educated at Longdown Infants School, Ventnor, Ventnor Junior School and King James I Grammar School, Newport.
He began a horticultural apprenticeship in London, but left to work as a salesman for Spillers Foods, later transferring to Glasgow.
In 1972, Mr Newnham joined Copeland Boats, Ventnor, as a boatbuilder and buyer. The firm built the Uffa Fox-designed Flying 15s. He continued as a buyer when Copeland merged with Souters, Cowes.
Further on the sporting front, Mr Newnham was also a Formula 1 powerboating mechanic and married Fiona Brothers, a champion F1 powerboater, in Kempsford, Gloucestershire, in 1982. They had two children.
His funeral will be at the IW Crematorium, Whippingham, at 9.45am today (Friday), followed by a celebration of his life at St Boniface Parish Church, Ventnor, at 1.30pm.
Mr Newnham is survived by his wife, sister Wendy Beavis, children Michael Newnham and Kelly Woolcock, and two grandchildren.

 


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