Tributes to popular Sheffield plumber

Keith Robinson who spent 60 years in the Sheffield plumbing trade.
Keith Robinson who spent 60 years in the Sheffield plumbing trade.
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Tributes have been paid to a ‘selfless’ Sheffield plumber who loved his job so much he never properly retired.

Keith Robinson, of Stephen Hill Road, Crosspool, would often pop round to customers for a cup of tea and chat – even when he was not doing work for them.

Keith Robinson who spent 60 years in the Sheffield plumbing trade.

Keith Robinson who spent 60 years in the Sheffield plumbing trade.

Keith, a popular figure in business and the local community, has died aged 76.

His wife Joyce, also 76, said Keith always had time for everybody.

She said: “He would often go and chat to his customers and have a cup of tea even when he wasn’t working.

“He was a selfless man and always had time for people he met and the people he did plumbing work for.

“Keith always enjoyed a pint in the Crosspool Tavern and he loved the caravan holidays we went on, we went all over the country.”

The couple met in 1957 at a dance near Greystones Picture House, Ecclesall, and married in 1968, before moving to their home in Crosspool in the 1970s.

Keith was a member of the Royal Air Force and served in Cyprus in 1957 before the country declared its independence. He returned home the following year.

He worked in the family business as a plumber for A E Larder & Co Ltd, on Stephen Hill Road, Crosspool, a company which started before the Second World War.

His father and grandfather both worked for the company and Keith’s 44-year-old son Iain has become the fourth generation of the family to work in the business.

“Even before he died he was still helping out my son Iain whenever he could,” Joyce added.

“He never officially retired, he loved the job and was always on hand to help”.

The popular plumber was a devoted father to Iain and Andrea, 47, plus granddad to Tommy, 22, William, 11, Zara, 10, and Isaac seven.

As part of his work, he held the post of president of the National Association of Plumbing and Heating Engineers in the 1970s.

Keith was also a member of the Fellowship of the Services, a group for ex-servicemen with a focus on camaraderie and brotherhood.

The tradesman frequently went down to London to march with other ex-servicemen and pay his respects at the Cenotaph.

The Fellowship held a guard of honour for Keith at his funeral at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium.