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Carol’s musical tribute to husband

Carol’s musical tribute to husband

6 February 2013

More than 20 jazz singers and musicians came together in January to hold a concert in honour of Keith Braithwaite who died from pancreatic cancer in October, age 65.

The concert organiser was Keith’s wife of 46 years, Carol, a well-known jazz singer in the Essex area. Mrs Braithwaite had been both running and performing at jazz nights around south Essex for 12 years, with Keith constantly by her side to set up equipment. Keith’s career fitting windows and cutting glass had made him a fit and strong man and he looked forward to having more time to play golf after his retirement in January 2012.

Keith began suffering from stomach pain in March 2012 which was misdiagnosed as gallstones, colitis and Crohn’s Disease. Keith was finally diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just seven days before he died in October, two days after their 46th wedding anniversary.

Carol had originally set up a jazz night at the Park View in Chalkwell in June last year, but had to cancel it as Keith’s illness worsened. She agreed to restart the events in January with a fundraiser in Keith’s memory, as it was also his birthday month. More than 120 people came to see top local performers take to the stage. “It was emotional, but with that cause behind it and knowing how much people had rallied around, it was also wonderful,” says Carol. “It meant everything to me.”

Carol’s event raised £2,500 for PCRF, bolstered by proceeds from a bake sale held on what would have been Keith’s 66th birthday. 

Photo: courtesy of Echo Newspapers

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