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Vernon "Keith" Beveridge
August 23, 1937 ~ December 16, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Vernon Keith Beveridge passed away December 16th, 2023 at the age of 86. Keith was born August 23rd, 1937 in Shinnston, WV to Vernon and Gladys Beveridge. He attended Shinnston High School and Fairmont State College where he excelled in basketball and Cross-country for the Falcons. His talent for running trickled down to his children and grand-children with several excelling in this sport. He was very proud of this.
At FSU, he played summer basketball with Jerry West, the face of modern basketball and Lloyd Sharrar. In his junior year, he met the love of his life, a freshman cheerleader, Patricia Howell who in 1959 became his wife. Patty preceded Keith in death, dying from cancer in 2018.
After college graduation, the couple moved to White Plains, NY for a position with the local YMCA as a physical director and at a nearby Catholic school as a physical education teacher. While in White Plains, Keith met and became friends with Joe Soebeck, the inventor of the racquetball paddle. Keith was instrumental in improving the paddle by adding a leather strap to prevent slipping out of the player's hand. Keith always had a story to tell about people he met. One night in White Plains he got a call from the manager of Martin Sheen who wanted to use the YMCA after hours. Dad obliged by letting Mr. Sheen in after closing.
Keith continued a 25-year career with the YMCA, working in Watertown, NY; Bridgeport, WV; Ashland, OH; and Meadville. He was highly sought after by many Y’s to come and revamp their programs. Keith was well known for establishing basketball leagues in many of the areas where he worked, including Meadville. Keith would referee most every game on Saturday mornings, allowing everyone to join the leagues whether able to pay or not.
After retiring from the YMCA in 1983, Keith owned the AM-PM mini market in Meadville before becoming involved in a successful career in insurance sales earning many awards and trips. Keith was a survivor of the 1985 tornadoes during which the gentleman that just signed a life insurance policy was killed. Keith was a lifelong WVU Mountaineer fan and was a season ticket holder for football and basketball. Keith also enjoyed 2 door cars and classic automobiles. The father of five children was often begged to have a larger vehicle for comfort but the shiny sporty cars always won out.
Keith is survived by five children, Meridith (Harold) Getty of Meadville, Brian (Gloria) Beveridge of Fredericksburg, VA, Don Beveridge of Meadville, Cyndi (Jerry) Bratu of Meridian, MS and Greg (Erika) Beveridge of Meadville. There are 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren as well. Keith was a great father and grandfather who will be sorely missed by everyone.