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Keith Knight

Keith Knight

Keith Robert Knight
26 September 1932 - 30 October 2020
Keith passed away in Bendigo on 30th October 2020 aged 88 years.
Husband of Thelma
father of Colleen, Peggy, Robert, Wendy, David, Andrea, Phillip and Emma.
Very loved Grandpa and Great Grandpa of many.  
Families are Forever

Due to current restrictions, a private family service was held for Keith on Thursday 5th November

at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. 

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36 responses to “Keith Knight”


    My beautiful gentle loving Uncle Kev..sorry I can’t be there to say goodbye..I will miss you..

    To Aunty Thelma Colleen, Peggy, Robert, Wendy, David, Andrea, Phillip, Emma..
    I will be with you all in spirit love to you all and your families xxx

    Margaret and Roger

  2. Cara Hilbert says:

    Whenever I think about Grandpa, I remember how he would always make me laugh.
    He would take his teeth out and try to eat me with them and tickle me so much!
    He was so loving to everyone around him and would give me lots of cuddles and sloppy kisses.

    He will be missed, I love you Grandpa, Cara xx

  3. Leanne Knight says:

    Such a strong, yet gentle and caring man whom we all adored.
    We hold special memories of our loving father, grandpa and great grandpa.
    We will miss your cheeky laughter, your Lolly stash and your loving hugs.
    The love you gave to us all will shine bright.

    We love and will miss you everyday.
    Love David, Leanne and family. Xx

  4. Melissa Morrow says:

    To my dear Grandpa,
    I wish more than anything that I could have been there to say goodbye. But I have done so many times in my prayers. I have such wonderful memories of growing up, with you being such a large presence in my life. Being on one of the many farms, 4wheeling, exploring, lots of porridge with fresh milk (which I can no longer eat 😆) and you with a hanky tied to your head, playing tennis or just being outside. You loved your gardening, and that passion has been passed down to my mum and to me. I will plant a tree for you in my own special garden, where I will be able to speak to you still, and tell my own children about the amazing Grandpa that I had. I love you, and I will see you and your wonderful smile again one day, Melissa xxx

  5. Cindy Riddle says:

    Dear Aunty Thelma and family,

    We are saddened to hear the news of our dear Uncle Kev. We are so grateful for all of the wonderful times we were able to share together.

    Our fondest memories of uncle Kev are from our walks around your garden in Byaduk and chatting to Handsome together 💐
    We loved sitting down for a cup of tea, patting Angel and listening to Uncle Kev compliment you on your cooking.

    I will always remember talking to you both all those years ago in the Barossa about relationships and love and I remember thinking the bond you both share is just like no other I’d ever known. Absolutely devoted to one another 💕 a love that can never, ever be extinguished.

    We are thinking of you and the family, Aunty Thelma, and all we want to do is give you a big cuddle.
    Sending you all our love Wayne, Cindy, Marlee and Frankie xxxx

  6. Erin knight says:

    No word can describe how much I will miss you Grandpa.

    You were such a kind, caring gentlemen with such a cheeky personality, always making us laugh with your funny sense of humour.

    I will miss all your sloppy kisses and tight hugs and of course the amazing lollie jar.

    Love you now and always! Erin xoxo

  7. Valerie Dearden says:

    Dearest Thelma and family, we are both saddened by our dear friends passing, but we have so many wonderful memories of our visits with you.
    Especially our time in Kerang when we were the only two families who were members of the church, our girls loved to come to your farm for church, very laid back but still the spirit was strong.
    Keith was such a great example to us, we shall miss him but comforted by the knowledge that we shall meet again and continue our friendship.

    Wish we could be there for you but will visit as soon as we are able.

    Much love, Val and Malcolm xx

  8. Leanne & Steve Morgan says:

    Dear Aunty Thelma, Colleen, Peggy, Robert, Wendy, David, Andrea, Phillip and Emma.

    Wish we could be with you all on this very sad day.
    Remembering Uncle Kev as easy-going. A warm and loving man, who Loved everyone unconditionally.
    He was a “gentleman “.

    With so much love and big hugs to you all.
    from Leanne & Steve ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Amanda Yuskan says:

    Dearest Auntie Thelma and family,

    I will never forget Uncle Kev’s beautiful hugs and smiles.
    Visits to the farm will be forever etched in our heart.
    He was such a kind and gentle man with a heart of gold, which has been passed down to all your children.

    Auntie Thelma, what you and Uncle Kev had, is what we all strive to achieve and hope for in our marriages.
    Amazing love for each other that never faulted. That is what I want for my own marriage.

    Much love to you all,
    Amanda, Greg, Alex, Archie and Axel xxxx

  10. samuel knight says:

    We love you grandpa and will miss you, but we know that we will see you again soon ❤️ families are forever
    love from Samuel, Hale and Grayson Knight

  11. Doreen spark says:

    So nice to watch Keith and his wife Thelma together, such tenderness and caring. He was a gentle giant, a stalwart believer in Christ. Qualities many could only wish for. Will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Ian will miss the talks he had with Keith i.e gardening, orchards and farming.
    Thinking of the Knight family.
    Our love to Philip and Joanne.
    – Doreen Spark

  12. Rhys Teasdale says:

    My dearest grandpa,
    Not much can say in words how much I will miss you. But I will always remember coming over to the farm and having the time of my life there. You were always such a kind and gentle man that lived his life with kindness and gratitude.
    May you rest in peace gramps,

    Love Rhys x

  13. Eve Talbot says:

    Wonderful memories of a wonderful man. He’s yours for eternity dear Thelma. and I pray that gives you much comfort.

    Love you beautiful lady, thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Eve xxoo

  14. Linda Lowe says:

    I’ll remember him as a peaceful man.

    My love to you Thelma, I know you will be together again.
    Linda Lowe xx

  15. Dianne Bowley says:

    How blessed we are to have been ‘adopted’ by Nanny and Poppy into your huge and amazing family.
    Even with so many grandchildren and great grandchildren there was still room in your heart and arms for us. How blessed we are to have had precious visits, times never to be forgotten at various houses but especially at Byaduk where time stood still and all our cares were forgotten while we were wrapped up in love and nurture as we sat out on the deck and talked for hours on end.

    We loved Keith who became Poppy to our kids. What an amazing man!!! What an amazing couple whose love is an eternal love story.

    Thanks for your example and love Keith.

    Nanny, Colleen, Peggy, Robert, Wendy, David, Andrea, Phillip and Emma, We love you and are thinking of you at this difficult time.

    Love Dianne, Paul, Michael, Harrison, Thomas and Charlotte Bowley

  16. Richard Lowe says:

    Keith and Thelma were among our first friends in the church when Glenys and I were baptised in 1971 and have remained so through all these years.

    What a good friend, who we appreciated having in our lives.

    Our families have kept that friendship going. Keith will always be remembered with respect and fondness.

    Linda and I offer our condolences to Thelma and all the family.

    Richard Lowe and family

  17. Dawn and Dianne Bowley says:

    Cherished memories of our families together through the years.
    Keith was by my side as he walked me to Reg on my wedding day.
    Many happy times shared on our Friday visits.
    Till me meet again..
    Love Dawn

    I was blessed to have had Keith as a teacher when I was in Primary, I always looked forward to his classes and when I was eight, he was there for me to perform my confirmation.
    Many wonderful memories of times spend on our day trips to visit with you.
    Love and prayers, Dianne

  18. Peter & Mary Bowley says:

    In loving memory of Keith. Sending our love and deepest sympathies to Thelma and all the children: Colleen, Peggy, Robert, Wendy, David, Andrea, Phillip and Emma, and all the extended family. Growing up I have fond memories at the dairy farm in Kerang and the home at Barkers Creek. Keith always had a smile and a kind soft voice when he spoke. He was always hardworking and has left a wonderful legacy for all his family to cherish always. Sending our thoughts and prayers to all the family. With lots of love from Peter & Mary Bowley xo

  19. Kate Jacobson says:

    Dearest Auntie Thelma and family,

    Uncle Kev’s beautiful smile, kind eyes, cheeky giggle, and warm hugs will forever be with me, and I truly feel so fortunate to have shared so many wonderful times with you both. Whether it was in Queensland when you visited with Grandma and Grandpa or when we visited you, a beautiful time was always had in your presence.

    Thank you for being two of the most beautiful people in my life with the biggest of hearts and endless love and kindness to give.

    Sending you all so much love,

    Kate xx

  20. don turner says:

    Kev, we had some fine times Particularly when we Maureen and myself visited and stayed with you and Thelma at Castlemaine and various farms.
    You were always pleasant and caring for everyone that was around at the time.
    We will certainly miss you when Heather and I next visit Thelma.
    Love, Don and Heather.

  21. Sarah Wooding says:

    Words can’t describe how much I love you Grandpa!
    You were a man who loved to work hard, loved his family, loved his footy and adored his wife.
    Thank you for your example, the memories on your farms, conversations, tickles, sloppy kisses, sneaky chocolates when Nanny wasn’t looking, cuddles and laughs!

    You will be missed but never forgotten.
    So glad our little Ivy was born on your birthday!

    Love you always and see you soon, Sarah ❤️

  22. Andrea Teasdale says:

    How can I express how much you mean to me dad.

    Your face would light up when I walked in the door and your smile and hugs.

    I always felt so loved and safe in your big hugs.

    How privileged I have been to have had you as my father.

    Thank you Dad! Andrea. xx

  23. Phillip Knight says:

    Hi Dad

    Well the event that you often laughed about has come to an end and seems to have been enjoyed by all.

    Yes, it is a sad time but Mum has been incredibly strong and feels blessed with the strength she has been given to get through these last few days.
    Thanks for being my Dad and for the true example of how one should love their eternal companion and provide for his family.

    From Boyhood to Fatherhood there has been much for me to draw from on how one should strive to be as you progress through life.
    Now that you have gone I feel a desire to be better and do better, so that I can be more proud of the Knight name that I carry, and be proud of what I have done with it when we meet again.

    Your legacy will continue through us all and many a conversation will be had as time passes with the many words and phrases you used to say which always made us laugh.
    You were quiet but strong in all you did – never looking for praise but determined to do the best you could in all things.

    Thank you for inviting the missionaries into your home and giving us the ability to be sealed with you and Mum for all time and eternity and I look forward to the time when we are all together once again.

    Enjoy meeting up with your parents, brothers & sisters, Nanny, Grandad, Aunty Vivienne, Aunty Maurine Uncle Johnny and especially Aunty Flo, Aunty Ruby & and Uncle John who had a massive influence on your life and the direction it took you.
    Those choices took you all the way to Somerville where you eventually met the love of your life.

    Nothing is a coincidence and the choices you and others made enabled you to meet the woman of your dreams and with no idea as to what adventures were to come either of your ways.

    Enjoy your next adventure Dad – the veil will remain thin at this time so Mum can continue to feel your presence and the love you both share.
    We are always here if you want a chat!

    Love you always

    Your Son

  24. Romy Ralston says:

    Dearest Gramps
    Words can’t describe how much we miss you. I cherish every childhood memory I have with you from helping you out in your gardens and orchards to you always being happy to eat my veggies when I refused them.
    The love you and Nanny shared was nothing short of inspirational.
    You were the best grandpa and great grandpa.
    You will never be forgotten.
    Love you forever.
    Till we meet again.
    Romy, Steve and family xxx

  25. Robert and Mandy Knight says:

    Dear Dad
    We are so blessed to have had you in all our lives to influence for good and guide us.
    We were blessed also to share addresses more than once and have you next door, such good times.
    Remembering bon fires, tyre fires, Christmases, Boxing Day gatherings, and just sharing warm drinks and biscuits.
    A quiet gentle soul who loved beauty in nature and simple things.
    We will miss you and will look for your influence in the future generations (, gardening, etc). We will tell them where they get their flare and love of it from.
    Til we meet again
    Robert and Mandy xx

  26. Shoni Neighman says:

    To my gorgeous Grandpa, I will miss you so much. I have so many memories but one that will always stand out is how much you made me feel loved. You just really loved your family. I feel so blessed to have had you in my life and my children’s lives. They loved it when you gave them tickles and when you shared your lollies with them. The last time I gave you a hug was over 2 years ago and I wish I could have seen you and hugged you one more time but I know we will see each other again because families are forever. Big hugs and kisses Grandpa and thanks for being the wonderful human that you were.

    Love always and forever Shoni, Dan, Elijah, Ruby, Ezra, Jasper & Archie xxoo

  27. Lani Grant says:

    My first and earliest memory of grandpa was when I was 5 years old.
    It was grandparents day and was told you and Nanny may not make it. They explained you lived over three hours away and driving through Melbourne city to get to us wasn’t your favourite thing to do and you may get held up by the traffic. Some boys at school also thought it would be a good idea to make fun of my haircut. My parents had cut my hair so short. I ended up running off crying to play on the school playground by myself. I then fell over and cut my knee. As I lay in the tan bark crying I remember having the prompting to pray, I said a little prayer in my heart that things would be better that day and that if possible Nanny and Grandpa would still be there for grandparents day. The school bell went and I dried my tears and went into the classroom. I closed my eyes for a moment before walking in with the prayer still in my heart. I will never forget the feeling I got when I saw you both standing there in my classroom. It was the warmest most joyful feeling. You were the answer to my prayer which became the beginning of my growing testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    I have so many memories of your thoughtfulness. To sneaking us chocolate in bed to tickling fights when you came back from the dairy farm.
    You were the best grandfather. I miss you and can’t wait to reminisce with you when I see you again.
    I know you are busy doing the Lords work already.
    Love you forever. Lani

  28. Joanne Knight says:

    Where to begin in sharing a few words about such a loving man. Thank you for being a wonderful example to Phillip, myself, the kids, and the best of Grandfathers. I have witnessed many moments of Christ like love and caring and an honourable Priesthood holder. I will never look at homemade tomato sauce, veggie gardens and orchards without thinking of you. Such a hardworking man, ‘jack of all trades’ always there to help when needed.

    I think he must have loved to drive because he would never hesitate to come to Melbourne for birthday’s, grandparent days at school, babysitting and church no matter where you lived, he drove to Melbourne late one Sunday night when Phillip and I were dating just so Phillip could spend an extra hour with me and not have to catch the last train out of Melbourne.
    So many memories, too many to share.
    Love you always Keith.
    Joanne xx

  29. Colleen Hewett says:

    How grateful I am for the last week of Dad’s life. We had a Holiday and it was fun. We were at Numurkah for a whole week and not once did he get confused. He laughed and ate well, and slept well. Dad loved travelling in the car…just ask Terry.
    I feel very blessed to have had my Dad for so long.
    When I was a young child he would play out front of our house at Farren Street.
    We loved being chased by Dad and then being tickled.
    Dad was always out side doing his vege gardening or milking a goat/cow.
    Dad made billy carts for us and we went up to Elephant Hill and down we went. It was so much fun.
    Dad was the best Father that we could have had. He loved us and that showed by his hugs and kisses.
    We always had beautiful Christmases, Dad made sure of that.

    I love you and I will miss you terribly, Colleen.

  30. Brendan Morrow says:

    Pa.. thankyou, thankyou for showing me what true love looks like. The love that you openly showed nan is something that I have cherished and something that has been passed down.
    I will miss seeing that infectious smile of yours but one day I will see it again.
    I will miss the days we got to sit on the couch watching the tennis as a family but I’ll make sure to watch the tennis for you (with you) in the future.
    Most of all pa… I will miss you..

  31. Peggy Odgers says:

    Dad I cannot put into words how much you mean to me and how much I love you. Thank you for the great life I had growing up and for always being there when I needed you. For being such a wonderful Granda. My children love you so much and will miss you dearly. I am so grateful for that special time we had together at Numurkah with Mum and Colleen recently, we all had such a good time. Whenever I look at a rose I will always think of you. Love forever Dad.
    See you soon, Peggy 🌷🌹🥀

  32. Sally Bryant says:

    Gramps, I will always remember your sloppy kisses, big rough hands and you forever laughing at those silly cartoons.
    You were the best example of what a man should be, hard working and tough on the outside and a giant softy on the inside.
    You passed on to me your great love of animals and I don’t know who I’d be without it, but you will always be my favourite human.
    Forever in my heart.
    Love your Sally.

  33. Tammy McGillivray says:

    Grandpa, I will always cherish the memories I have of us together. Your chocolate drawer, your Chattering teeth game, watching roadrunner and Footrot Flats together. I loved the times I would go to church with you, especially when you would work in the gardens.
    You were always happy and smiling.
    I loved your vegetable gardens and especially picking fresh carrots from your garden in White Hills. No carrots have ever tasted as delicious as yours. The tennis watching (with you and Uncle Phillip) and just sitting in front of your beautiful new stereo you had at the Mitiamo farm. So many places you and nanny have lived and so many wonderful memories from my childhood spent with you both. I Will especially miss your big sloppy kisses and Your cuddles.
    I love you and will see you again, Tammy.

  34. Bella Odgers says:

    Grandpa, words can’t describe how much I’ll miss you, I know we’ll see each other again, but for now I will cherish the memories you’ve left with me, even the small ones like the time I found a dead mouse in your wood stack so you helped me bury it. I will forever remember your kindness and love for everything and everyone around you.
    Love your Great Grandaughter, Bells.

  35. Adam says:


    It was an absolute pleasure growing up having you and Nan so close all the time, something I probably should’ve appreciated more at the time.

    Your love of gardening, being outdoors and above all else Nan will stay with me forever.
    I’ll miss you everyday until we meet again.

    Rest easy gramps Love you, Adam.

  36. Peita Talbot says:

    My Grandpa has left now, but his life can be seen rippling out through his family.
    So powerful is his example of loving service to his family and the obvious blessings of doing what is right, over and over and over. I watched his love and care for Nanny as he did whatever she asked of him, frequently driving her wherever it was they needed to be. On those visits, he could always be found sitting at a table, reading whatever he could find whether it was a newspaper or junk mail, patiently waiting for Nanny.
    I was so grateful to be able to share my Grandpa with my children and let them feel what I feel for him.

    I would give anything to hear him call me PeeWee one more time, but I know his work here is complete and he needed to go.
    I know too, he will be there to meet us when it’s our time to leave. Peita

Funeral Details

At the request of the family, a private service was held.