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Obituary - Keith Sangster

It is with regret that the Club announces the death of Keith Sangster OI (1948-1959)
17 Jan 2020

SANGSTER, Keith, passed away in January 2020.

After a long illness, Keith Sangster died peacefully at Glebe House Residential Home Hollesley.

Beloved husband to Victoria, father of Tanya, Giles, Holly, Jessica, James and Alexander, much loved brother of Bruce, and brother in law to Ingrid and a much loved grandfather and uncle. Keith was an award-winning horticulturalist, plant breeder and raconteur.

At Keith's request, there will be no funeral, instead there will be a celebration of Keith's life, immortal dance moves and memorable singing in due course.

The family would like to acknowledge the outstanding love and care he received during his time at Glebe House. Donations in his memory to the Residents' Fund may be sent to E B Button & Sons Ltd, 24 St John's Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1EB.


Steve Marks OI (1960-1968) who played in the OI Cricket Club with Keith writes:

That’s so sad, he was a stalwart of the OICC when I first started playing, lovely guy, solid opening bat, gray fielder - JRDC will no doubt regale us with some of his more amazing innings. I got him out of retirement to play a game for the 2nds in the late 80’s - he showed up the youngsters with his keenness and athleticism in the field!!


Malcolm Webster OI (1948-1959) writes:

So sorry to hear of Keith’s passing away. I don’t remember much of our school time in the same class for a while other than both of us suffering under the tyranny of some of the prefects who at that time had the authority to administer corporal punishment to pupils without trial.

One of my earliest memories of Keith was at his parent’s house in London Road. We sat in a tree eating delicious apples. When I commented on their sweetness he told me without hesitation that the tree was a Worcester Pearmain. To me apples were either sweet or cookers but I knew then that Keith was entering the world of horticulture in the Thomson and Morgan family business. 

After leaving school we used to play squash at the old Ipswich Airport on Nacton Road. There were one or two OIs including Mike Bolton and I remember one summer we all set off  for a holiday in Cornwall where it rained a lot & we complained that St Austell ale tasted awful compared with Tolly Cobbold.

Unfortunately Keith and I lost touch in the late 60’s when I went overseas and Keith got married.

Keith was always a kind and considerate person. If he met someone that he appreciated I remember he used to say “what a splendid fellow”. And that in many ways was what I thought Keith was.

Sympathies to his brother Bruce and all the family.


If you would like to send in an obituary for the next issue of the OI Journal, please send to:

Many thanks

Iain Chesterman OI

OI Club Chairman

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