Salisbury, MA — Keith passed away peacefully on Saturday at his home on Ring’s Island, shortly after the Red Sox beat the Yankees 13-9. He was able to spend his final hours surrounded by family and friends in the place he loved best.
In 1956, Keith graduated from Gorham State Teacher’s College, now the University of Southern Maine, where he played varsity baseball and basketball for four years. After spending two years in the Army, and teaching for a couple of years in Maine, Keith moved his family to Salisbury in the early '60s, where he became the industrial arts teacher at the Salisbury Memorial School. He taught and was head of the Industrial Arts Department at Triton Regional High School from 1973 until his retirement in 1990.
Keith was passionate about the game of basketball. He was a very good player in his time, but perhaps he will be remembered most as an official. He officiated at the high school and collegiate levels, and served as IAABO Board #130’s rules interpreter for many years. Near the end of his career, he was the recipient of the Mulkern Award for his outstanding contributions to the game of basketball.
Keith was proud to be a lifelong member of the Elks, and enjoyed visiting his friends at B.P.O.E. Lodge #909 in Newburyport. His family greatly appreciates the kindness shown by lodge members as his health declined.
Keith is survived by his lovely wife, Penelope; his sister, Joyce Packard Hunt; his children, Michael Keith Packard and partner, Mary Ferran, Lynne Packard Mancinelli, Heather LaPointe and her husband, Mike Lapointe, and H. Andrew Packard and his wife, Amanda Packard; his grandchildren, Owen, Melody, Stuart, Amber, Ryan, Jenna, Krista, Jamie, Cameron, Duncan, Lachlan, Benjamin, Spencer, Ammon, Ethan, and Isaac; his great-grandchildren, Hayden and Cooper; his nieces, Susan Bond and Karen Packard; and his nephews, Daniel Hunt, Gerry Hunt, David Packard, and Scott Packard.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, September 11, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Keith’s memory may be made to the Elks Scholarship Fund, 25 Low Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.