Tributes paid to town stalwart

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Staff reporter (Border Counties)

Tributes have been paid to a community stalwart who died following a freak accident.

Nigel Keighley suffered serious injuries last month when he slipped off a cliff during a visit to Spain.

He was placed in a induced coma but died last Tuesday at the age of 67.

He was known to many for his close links with Oswestry Rugby Club, spending more than 20 years at Oswestry School where he was a design and technology teacher, housemaster and the main rugby coach, and his work as a community first responder.

His son Dave said: “Though he put up a great fight, unfortunately this was a battle he just couldn’t win.

“We would like to thank friends from all over the world for their support and good wishes over the past few weeks – it really has shown what a great group of friends and family we have and how much dad was thought of and had impacted so many people’s lives.”

Paying tribute, Oswestry Rugby Club chairman Don Howell said: “Nigel was one of the great founder members of our club and was a major inspiration for me and many others to take up the game.

“He was a fantastic player, captain, coach and vice- president and my hero. He will be sadly missed by all.”

The club remembered Mr Keighley with a minute’s silence before their match on Saturday.

Julian Noad, headmaster at Oswestry School, also paid tribute to Mr Keighley, who was visiting another former member of school staff while in Spain.

Mr Noad said: “Nigel was a strong member of the Oswestry School community who was highly respected and regarded by his colleagues and the pupils whose lives he touched. There are many current and former staff and pupils who will be profoundly saddened to hear of his death.

“We offer our deepest sympathy to Nigel’s family and friends who could not have prepared for their sudden loss.”

Mr Keighley leaves his wife Pat, children Sarah and Dave, and grandson Dylan.

His funeral is provisionally next Tuesday at midday at Pentrebychan Crematorium in Wrexham, followed by a wake at Oswestry Rugby Club.

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