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FOND FAREWELL: Tributes paid to beloved former Bushey mayor and councillor

 Published on: 28th March 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

Tributes have been paid to a former Bushey councillor and Hertsmere mayor.

On February 28, Hertsmere Borough Council posted on social media site X that staff were “very saddened” by the death of Carey Keates, adding that tributes would be paid at the full council meeting that night.

Carey served as a borough councillor in Bushey for many years after joining the council in 1990, and also served as mayor in 2014-15. He retired from the council in 2019.

Carey was bought up in Nyeri, Kenya, and, after leaving school, wanted to become a soldier. When he was diagnosed with kidney disease, his plans for a military career were ruled out and he instead went to work for London gunmaker Holland & Holland.

Upon seeing an advert to become an estate agent in a local newspaper, Carey decided to change careers. He became manager after six months before founding his own estate agents in Bushey.

Bushey Heath councillor Paul Morris OBE said: “Carey Keates embodied all that represents the contribution made by a local councillor. His contribution exemplifies his commitment to our community spirit. His passing will be a great loss to our community and his family.”

Photo credit: Hertsmere Borough Council

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