Funeral date announced for Cumbria-based motorcycling champion Keith Farmer

Keith Farmer

A funeral date has been announced for British motorcycling champion Keith Farmer, based in Cumbria.

He died suddenly on Thursday at the age of 35.

He lived in Penrith and worked for civil engineering firm Waitings Ltd in Cliburn.

A thanksgiving of his life will take place on Tuesday November 15 in County Tyrone.

The Northern Irishman, who retired from racing in September 2021, won the National Superstock 600 title in 2011, and Superstock 1000cc successes followed in 2012 and 2018, while he also won the British title Supersport in 2017.

His brother, David, said Keith died in the early hours of Thursday with his family by his side. Paying tribute on Facebook, he wrote: “I am at a loss for words, our baby brother left us at 1.45am this morning with all of us by his side. Life will never be the same again, he made us all so proud and he will be sorely missed. I love you Meekie #33.”

The funeral notice reads: “Keith Stanley, dear dad to Sophie, Khloe and Addison; beloved son of Alan and the late Barbara, Ballynakelly, and beloved brother of Wendy, Kathy and David. Brother-in-law of Mark, Stuart and Laura.

“Devoted uncle to Katie, Robbie, Jack, Hannah, Ruby, Ellie, Grace, Louis, Jacob and Cody; also, much missed by his partner Sam.”

The service of thanksgiving for Keith’s life will take place on Tuesday 15th November at 2.30pm at St Andrew’s Parish Church, Killyman, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

The family have not requested flowers, but if desired, donations should be made by check payable to: Samaritans, c/o Holmes of Dungannon, Tyrone House, Ballygawley Road, Dungannon, BT70 1EL.

The PBM Ducati Superbikes team, owned by Langwathby-based Paul Bird, for whom Farmer won a championship several years ago, said: “Everyone at PBM is deeply saddened by the passing of Keith Farmer. We extend our condolences to his family and friends who remain in our thoughts. »

As well as being supported by his employers, Waitings, he has been supported over the years by Arragon’s Cycle Center and Fit4Racing, based in Penrith, and Hillcroft Park, Pooley Bridge.

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