10 July 2020

Tributes paid by the town council to the late Rev Keith Vivian

TRIBUTES have been paid by the town council to the Rev Keith Vivian who has passed away.

Councillors and staff have been paying tributes since hearing the sad news of his passing at Dorset County Hospital on Thursday.

A friend and supporter of Lyme Regis Town Council, Rev Vivian not only took part in civic events in an official capacity, but also attended many events with his wife Audrey.

He would often step in to give the prayer before Full Council meetings, delivering words of wisdom in his calm and reassuring manner.

Members of the council have been speaking of Rev Vivian’s ‘fabulous sense of humour’, his ‘generous disposition’, and how he ‘always had a smile’.

They have also paid tribute to his commitment and support to the town, describing him as a ‘real Lyme legend’.

In a personal tribute, the mayor Cllr Brian Larcombe said: "Keith was an important member of Lyme’s community, as reverend of St Michael’s and the support he gave to everyone in the town.

“He had a special way with people and always had time for everyone. I will miss his quiet influence and the way he would impart a guidance or a view that was never forced, always inviting, and conveyed with gravity and humour in equal measure. He will be sorely missed.

“A very sad loss to Audrey and family, and loss to the people of Lyme.”

Everyone at the town council would like to offer sincere condolences to Audrey and family.