North Devon Maritime Museum Appledore
Odun Road, Appledore, Devon, EX39 1PT
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Kieth supported many initiatives to preserve the heritage and character of this area. Without his financial donations, the committee would have been unable to purchase Odun House in 2017, guaranteeing the future of the museum.
Perhaps best of all, he has been our wise and helpful friend, especially with his support for the early volunteers in their hard struggle to promote the museum.
In 1972 he became mayor of Barnstaple and as a local dignitary promoted the museum’s heritage. In his role, he met David Steel, once leader of the Liberal party, Henry Cooper, David Shephard and Jimmy Tarbuck.
He was at the museum in 1984 to meet Prince Charles and remembers his witty repost: “A local teacher who had brought her class to see HRH asked if he would speak to her children, to which the Prince replied, ‘are they all yours?’”
Keith witnessed the museum’s D-Day exhibitions last year but due to ill health was unable to join celebrations of the purchase and first 40 years.
However, in his 93rd year, he was still following the progress with interest as trustee and president.
Keith will be greatly missed as he has given so much to the area he loved, “The North Devon Maritime Museum, in particular, can never thank him enough.
Former Barnstaple mayor, and president and trustee of the North Devon Maritime Museum, Keith Abraham, has died aged 93.
Keith had been a valued supporter and benefactor of the award-winning Appledore-based museum for more than four decades.
Many local people will remember Codds, the businesses he set up in Bideford, Barnstaple and Launceston selling motor machine spare parts with his Instow-born wife, Freda.
It was through their shared interest in local history and a passion for vintage vehicles that Keith knew and supported the little band of pilgrims to set out the visionary document Prospect For Our Past in 1973 which highlighted the need for a comprehensive modern museum service for the whole of North Devon.