Loss of Keith Dewick our Chairman
February 10, 2017 - 7:20 PM
It is with great sadness that we write to inform you that following a short illness Keith Dewick, our A&DTL Chairman since 1968, died on Tuesday the 7th February 2017. Keith joined the Committee on 25th October 1967 and was elected Chairman at the AGM in 1968, so this would have been his 50th year of service and 49th as Chairman. Quite an amazing record. The A&DTL is probably now one of the largest leagues of its type in the country. Keith was also a stalwart of tennis in Buckinghamshire for more than 50 years. He was elected as President of Bucks Lawn Tennis Association (now ‘Bucks Tennis’) in 2011. A member of Chesham Bois Lawn Tennis and Squash Club since 1964 and served as Chairman as well as being club champion, collecting singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles with his wife Ann.
Keith joined the Council of Bucks LTA in 1964, organizing the County leagues for 10 years then Bucks County Secretary for 30 years, followed by 7 years as Chairman and more recently our President. Together with Ann, had 40 years as coordinator of the county’s Wimbledon ticketing arrangements. He was a Director of the Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre in High Wycombe since its opening in 1994. Keith also refereed the County Junior Closed tournament for over 25 years.
In 1976 he was elected to the LTA Council and became an LTA Honorary Life Councillor in 2006. He served on the LTA’s Board of Management as a representative of Competitions and Tournaments in 1994 and served on numerous LTA Committees including the Tournament Committee, the Competitions and Tournament Committee, of which he was Chairman in 1994, the Competitions & Ratings Committee, of which he was Chairman in 1995-1997, Associate Membership Board Sub-Committee, Marketing Committee, and the Disciplinary Committee, of which he was Chairman in 2000-2002. Keith also served on the LTA’s National Tennis Development Divisional Board. He was awarded an LTA Meritorious Service Award in 2012.
Keith was also heavily involved in Seniors Tennis GB, refereeing various tournaments, refereeing the Group 1 County Week at Eastbourne for many years as well as the Island Games and numerous other tournaments both countrywide and internationally. For 20 years he was the Chairman of the National Four Nations Committee. Keith had also been Chairman and President of the United Banks Tennis Association
As you can see, Keith dedicated his life to tennis and he will be sadly missed.
Our thoughts go out to Keith’s wife, Ann, son Kevin, daughter Karen and the family at this sad time.