Industry remembers landlord full of ‘energy, humour and passion’

By Helen Gilbert

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Obituary: industry pays tribute to Keith Challis
Obituary: industry pays tribute to Keith Challis

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Tributes have been paid to a "cheerful" East Sussex publican "liked and loved by many", whose funeral is being held this week. 

Keith Challis, who passed away last month aged 62, spent the past seven years working as the landlord of the Jenny Lind Inn in High Street, Hastings.

During his career, the well-known industry figure worked in a number of roles for companies including Heineken, Taylor Walker, Greenall's and Charrington.

Energy, humour and passion

"You simply could not ignore Keith – wherever he went, he made an impression, of energy, humour and passion,” former Charrington colleague Robert Humphreys remembered​.

“A classic cheeky chappie with a twinkle in his eye, bursting with ideas and his shining sincerity. He was a Catherine wheel who burned fast and furious in all directions – and has burned out all too early. We shall sorely miss him."

Retired Brian Adams, a former managing director at Vintage Inns said: "He was a great friend and a great colleague who’ll be sorely missed."

Cheerful chap

Maureen Heffernan, director of Leisure PR added: “He was a great guy who worked in the industry pretty much his whole career and was known, liked and loved by many as he was such a cheerful chap.”

Keith is survived by his wife, Linda, sister Carol, six nephews, two step-daughters, and four grandchildren.

The funeral is being held at St Clement's Church, Hastings, on Thursday 10 November at 1.30pm.

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