Death of popular Padiham man Keith

Keith Large with his wife June
Keith Large with his wife June

A popular Padiham man has died after a short illness from cancer.

Horse racing enthusiast Mr Keith Large, the youngest of seven children from a well-known Padiham family, had been the treasurer of Padiham Football Club.

He was widely regarded in the town where he was secretary of Padiham Royal British Legion and Church Street Working Men’s Club.

He leaves wife June, children Kathleen, Derek and Colin, and grandchildren Marcus and Sophie.

His family described him as having a great sense of humour and being a fit and hard-working man.

Brother Brian said: “Keith was very popular. He enjoyed playing pool and snooker, and loved horse racing. He actually had a share in a horse named China Castle which had 25 winners.

“Keith was also a very good singer and enjoyed doing karaoke. His nephew is Mike Alone, a well-known pub and club singer.”

Mr Large’s other brother Tom is a partner at Molly Rigby’s club in Padiham. Their siblings Jim, Burt, Elsie and Derek died some years ago.

In his early years, Keith played football for the Britannia pub and served in the Territorial Army.

He worked for 30 years as a field engineer for the water board, and was working up until seven weeks ago as a co-ordinator for First Rail Support.