Phoenix Yacht Club Commodore, Keith Folkes, died in the early hours of Wednesday 27th August. He had been suffering from pancreatitis for the past four months, a condition which while rare is quite frequently fatal. Our thoughts are with his family in their distress at this loss, especially as Keith was such a fit and active man.
Contact between the Club and Keith’s family throughout his illness has been, at their request, via Ron Clarke who has known them for many years, and it is best that contact should continue to be via Ron for the time being. A message will be sent via Ron on behalf of Phoenix Yacht Club to express our sympathy and condolences; anyone who wishes to write separately should also do so via Ron.
Keith’s funeral is to be at Chichester Crematorium on Tuesday 16th September at 14.45. PYC members will be very welcome. Members who expect to attend and who wish to attend the gathering after the funeral should please advise Robert Harland by 10th September so that numbers can be notified to Keith’s family.
Stuart Wilkinson has been Acting Commodore during Keith’s illness and will take on the role of Commodore until the next AGM.
The Management Committee will discuss at its next meeting (October 13th) how the Club should remember Keith and would welcome suggestions from members.