Keith Miller’s recent passing is a sad loss to the sport and soaring activities in particular. A detailed obituary is now posted on the BMFA web site but, in many ways it does not do full justice to Keith’s contribution to thermal soaring, especially in the South East where he ran the Tonbridge Open for many years and was a key person in the establishment of the series of events run by Kent Clubs. Keith was truly one of the world’s gentlemen always cheerful and available and willing to help. In addition to the BMFA obituary the following comments from his club-mate Keith Fisher sum up for many of us the contributions which Keith made.
“I knew Keith since I was first dragged screaming and kicking to a thermal flying comp around 1988, I had come from tearing around slopes with as much lead as the plane could possible take. Keith taught me to slow down and look for this magical but invisible thing called a thermal, we would meet up on a Sunday morning, usually in the mud at Leigh park, where his patience would be tested with me going up a bungee, and landing at the same as the parachute. Perseverance was rewarded and soon was taken to my first comp at Wrotham, representing the club in the Ron finnis from there the bug had bittern, and along with Rob Love we would travel to Essex, and Sussex with Keith, where all the journey he would tell stories of his early car racing with a riley or his flying days in the RAF. I was lucky enough to see Keith recently at Leigh trimming out a free flight rubber powered plane, where the usual me taking the mickey out of" spending all that time building a plane just to let it fly where it wants" was rewarded with a smile, Keith will be sadly missed at the club, in life and as a friend”.
I too value the help and support which Keith so frequently and so willingly always provided.
Robin Sleight, BARCS Chairman
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