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Keith Dodman (School House, 1953)

28 Mar 2023

Keith Dodman led a full and active life, which he left on 15th February 2023. He was born on 6th November 1935 in Aigburth and went to school in Liverpool and Ross-on-Sea during the War. After Liverpool College, he qualified as a chartered accountant in Liverpool in 1957. He then joined the family firm George Davis & Son, a haulage company of Liverpool docks, which at the time owned 25 carthorses, 3 old steamers and 15 old petrol trucks. He built up the family business, which was later taken over by Union International. Keith led their trucking and transport interests in the UK and Europe. In 1990 he set up DodmanRead in Stockport (with friend, Gerry Read), which won the Mercedes-Benz UK Dealership of the Year Award in 1994 - the first to win this award within four years of starting.


Liverpool College Owls Club – Keith's in the front row, second from left.


Keith’s parents moved across the Mersey to Oxton, and he lived the remainder of his life in the Wirral, especially in the village of Burton. Keith had a lifelong passion for the outdoors, especially for golf and fishing. He was an active member of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club for nearly 70 years, and a club captain in 1986. His fishing trips were mainly in Scotland.

Keith is survived by his wife Jenny (née Bethell), their marriage lasting for over 60 years, by his son Tim and his daughter Camilla, and by 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. He always put his family first. He also had a warm network of friends in the Wirral and beyond. All who knew him will remember the mischievous twinkle in his eye and his joke-filled stories.

Keith was cremated on 17th March 2023, followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at St Nicholas’ Church, Burton. Keith Hemmings (Lerpoolian) came to it.


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