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REST IN PEACE: Tributes paid to Rickmansworth community hero

 Published on: 28th June 2023   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

Tributes have been paid to a “community hero” who ran a Rickmansworth newsagent for more than a generation.

Keddy Vithlani, who ran the Hollands newsagent in the High Street since 1979, sadly passed away on May 25 leading to many sharing their fond memories of him.

Keddy purchased the shop with his wife, Indumati, and they have both become big parts of the community as they worked almost every day and have raised three children in the town.

The couple fled Uganda as refugees in 1973, married in 1974, had their first daughter in 1976 and bought the shop in November 1979 before making it a huge success.

Rishi Vithlani posted on social media to inform the community of his father’s passing but also to pay tribute.

It said: “Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

“A beacon of joy and kindness to everyone around him. Always in ours hearts.

“Our deepest thanks for the sympathy shown to our family during this difficult time.”

The message led to hundreds of tributes from friends and former customers.

Emily Reid said: “He was a huge part of my childhood and many others. What a great man and a true community hero.”

Photo Credit: Rishi Vithlani

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