Keith Killby, 1916 - 2018
It is with great regret that the Monte San Martino Trust announces the death of its founder, Keith Killby, on Friday September 7th, at the age of 102. An obituary appeared in the Daily Telegraph on September 10th.
Keith (pictured on his 102nd Birthday on June 15th) died peacefully at his home in London. In an extremely poignant moment, news of his passing was immediately relayed to a group of nearly 100 Trust supporters who were meeting in Fontanellato, Italy, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Armistice with Italy and the escape of prisoners of war into the Italian countryside.
The escapers were fed and sheltered by country people, the contadini, who ran great risks if caught doing so by the Germans and Fascists, It was Keith’s determination to “give something back” in a small way that inspired him to found the Trust and enable young Italians to come to the UK on language study bursaries.
Keith requested that there be no funeral. Plans for a celebration of his life will be announced in due course.