Thursday, 16 September 2021

Keith Wells-West — November 7, 1929-June 17, 2016

KEITH WELLS-WEST passed away peacefully at the Sue Ryder hospice, Nettlebed, on June 17, aged 86.

KEITH WELLS-WEST passed away peacefully at the Sue Ryder hospice, Nettlebed, on June 17, aged 86.

Keith was born in Streatham, London, on November 7, 1929, the younger son of Frank and Edith Wells-West.

In his early years, Keith was a qualified architect and designed several landmark buildings in and around London.

He had exceptional artistic flair which flowed into many projects and drawings over the years. In particular was his distinctive calligraphic handwriting.

Keith and Val managed the Rose and Crown in Heston for two years and then moved to Henley to run the Old Bell Inn in Bell Street for almost 20 years, from 1977 to 1996.



During this time, the couple transformed it into a lively, warm and inviting public house.

Keith and Val began to provide bar food and a busy restaurant. The pub became known for its generous portions and the best Sunday roast in Henley. During those 20 years, Keith and Val employed many staff, from school leavers and upwards.

Many will remember working in the Old Bell and in particular Keith’s generosity and care for his staff and customers.

He was loving, kind and warm to all who knew him. He is often remembered for his caring attitude, his incredible sense of humour and infectious laugh.

During his retirement Keith enjoyed cooking and building model boats, many of which can be seen in the museum at Beale Park in Pangbourne.

He is survived by his wife Valerie, sister Audrey, three children, Neil, Nikki and Ryan, and 14 grandchildren.

The funeral took place at Reading crematorium on Wednesday, June 29.

Keith’s whole family would like to thank all the staff at Sue Ryder for their care and support over the past few weeks.

Donations to Sue Ryder can be made at www.memorygiving.com/keithwellswest



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