I enjoyed working with Keith during my 32-year career as a Letter Carrier, where I started in the basement of the old Federal Courthouse in Downtown Tampa. Although I had the same route for much of my career, we, Downtown/Commerce Station, still managed to move to numerous other locations including Hyde Park and Ybor City. Keith seemed to make all the moves right along with us until the Ashley/Kennedy location which housed P.O. boxes only.
Keith was one of those people who never took all of the Postal nonsense too seriously and he could turn any situation around to where he saw the funny side of everything. For sure, he always kept me laughing and made my days at the P.O. a little more enjoyable.
I recall one incident where I went outside to check my vehicle in the morning. I found the remnants of a couple stogies in the ashtray and a lot of sand on the floorboard. The vehicle hadn't been checked out since I had used it, so it looked like I had left it that way.
I went inside to report to the supervisor, I will call "Bobby O', of what I had found. He told me that he and Keith were "sent on an errand" the afternoon before and they had used my vehicle. I hoped they had a little fun and made the best of the situation.
I have been retired now for 10 years and I had no idea that Keith's melanoma issues had escalated so severely. As a melanoma survivor myself, I will remember Keith as an inspiration to me and my loved ones for skin cancer awareness.
Good-bye Keith! I hope to meet up with you again on the other side of the pearly gates.