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Posted 02 September 2012 - 05:24 PM
I first met Keith at the Diamondback station waiting in line. I was new to KIC and to being a coaster enthusiast. Keith recognized me from my avatar and extended his hand to welcome me to the family.
I will miss you for now, but am sure that we will meet again and i know that his hand will be outstretched when we reunite.
(Contributed by DaveStroem)
Posted 02 September 2012 - 05:29 PM
Posted 02 September 2012 - 05:33 PM
(P.S. Can someone post Keith's screen name? There's not a whole lot of real names I know on here, and I'm sure others may be wondering as well.)
Posted 02 September 2012 - 05:38 PM
I never spent much time with him at the parks, but every time I did see him, he was always very friendly and just a great guy. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his wife and children, and also with everyone who had the privledge of knowing him. He will be missed.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 05:45 PM
I contemplated creating a Post of this type, but hesitated, mainly because I was having a hard time finding words that fit. I first met Keith at HolliWood Nights 2011, and quickly became Friends with Him throughout the weekend. He genuinely is one of the best Men Ive ever had the Honor of knowing, and my Heart goes out to His Wife and two young Sons. The textbook example of the phrase "Only the good die young". One of the best, and taken far too soon.
I debated as well and decided against it. I will never forget the time he was with the boys and introduced me as "Miss Kelli" in that accent of his . And the last ride on DB right before his diagnosis. I am sad beyond any words I can express here.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:46 PM
Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:51 PM
I have been in shock for a few hours and I just sadden beyond words. Like others have said Keith had Superior Character and was a true gentleman in every aspects of his life. I will go so far and say i so looked up to him and his character and would put him on top of my most respected person in my life, he was just that nice. I pray for his family and he will be so missed by this community.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:59 PM
Keith was such a great guy, both in the coaster community and when you got to know him on a more personal level.
One of my favorite times with Keith was opening day last year when a group of KIC'ers, Keith and I were walking in the park trying to decide what to ride. We ended up in line for the Crypt when it broke down. We decided to stay in line because the A/C was great. We "tried" to figure out who's fault it was, somehow it got to be Keith's fault. After riding that, we ended up checking out a couple other rides. We finally decided to ride Racer (blue side). An almost full train of KIC members headed up the hill and got stuck 3/4ths of the way up. Who's fault was it? Everyone yelled to Keith, "way to break the ride Keith." He just laughed about it the entire day because it was just his luck that he was with some friends and things kept going down.
I look back on that day and it has become one of the most cherished Kings Island visits for me. Keith will truly rest in peace and I'm sure he'll watch over all of us on our crazy coaster trips and throughout our lives. God Bless Keith and his family. RIP buddy!
Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:15 PM
Praying for his family and close friends.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:29 PM
This next one's for you KIfan1980.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:40 PM
Diamondback, whenever that may be, is in his honor.
RIP KIfan1980. God bless!
Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:47 PM
And now Keith.
I have only known him through this board, but it was very apparent that he had a glowing reputation and attitude, and he will be missed.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:54 PM
Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:02 PM
Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:22 PM
Although I never met Keith in person, I feel that through his amazing trip reports I know him better than people that I do come in contact personally. He was a huge asset to this community.
One of my favorite lines from one of Keith's trip reports is as follows:
"...another family Disney trip while the boys were in that prime age (5, 7, and 40)"
Even though this line makes me sad at the moment, it also makes me smile...which i'm sure would make Keith happy.
My heart goes out to all of his family and friends, he will truly be missed.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:40 PM
A young man with children and a wife...you've all said it above, but prayers and thoughts with his family in this impossible time. As a father, it brings tears to my eyes.
He was, and continues to be loved.
Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:40 PM
A tragic reminder to cherish the time you have with your loved ones, as there's never a guarantee that there will be more. My prayers and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.