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Saturday 20 November 1948 – Death of Harry Keen, aged 64

Category Hatches, Matches and Despatches » Deaths
Evesham Standard & West Midland Observer
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It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mr Henry (Harry) Keen of School Lane, Badsey, which took place at Evesham Hospital on Friday last.  Mr Keen had been ill for only approximately three weeks, and his death came very unexpectedly.

Aged 64 years, he came of an old and well-known Badsey family, being the eldest son of the late Mr & Mrs William Keen of Silk Mills Lane, Badsey.  A native of Badsey, he lived in the village all his life, and was engaged in market gardening.  For over 25 years he acted as agent in the district for Messrs A J Edwards Ltd, Covent Garden Market, London, and in this capacity he became very well-known and made a wide circle of friends.

Possessed of a happy and cheerful disposition, he was held in high esteem by a wide circle of friends.  He was a member of the local Pig Club.  He is survived by his widow and one daughter.

The funeral took place at Badsey on Tuesday afternoon, the interment in St James’ Church being preceded by a service in St James’ Church.  The Vicar (Rev W B Chapman) conducted the service, during which the hymns “Thine for ever, God of love” and “The King of love my Shepherd is” were sung.  Mrs G Marshall presided at the organ, and she rendered appropriate music.

The mourners were Mrs H Keen (widow), Mr & Mrs A Reed (son-in-law and daughter), Mr & Mrs W Keen senior (brother and sister-in-law), Mrs A Geden (sister), Mrs C Keen, Mrs F Goode (sisters-in-law), Mr G Geden, Mr Ron Keen, Mr W Keen Junior, Badsey, Mr W Keen, Evesham, Mr R Knight (nephews), Mr & Mrs W H Reed.  Among a large number also present in the church were Mr Adcock (representing Messrs A J Edward & Co Ltd, London), Mr E Salter, Mr F Wheatley, Mr & Mrs A Jordan, Mrs P Morris, Mrs E Mustoe, Mrs C Stewart, Mrs T Warmington, Mrs A Dore, Mr & Mrs T H Knight, Mrs J Warren, Mr & Mrs F Perkins, Mrs Bayley, Mr T Keen, Mrs J Keen, Mr A Keen and Miss E Sladden.

Following the interment, many beautiful floral tributes were placed on the grave, including wreaths from Messrs A J Edwards & Co Ltd, customers at The Wheatsheaf, customers at The Royal Oak and customers at The Bell.