The Red Cross Mourns the Loss of Fifty Year Volunteer Abbe Keith

American Red Cross Volunteer Abbe Keith
“When Abbe was called upon to serve, he served.” - Scott Underwood, Director, Disaster Services Emergency & Disaster Response.

The American Red Cross, Los Angeles Region is mourning the loss of one of its longest serving volunteers, Abbe J. Keith. Keith passed away recently at his home, with his wife Sharon at his side.

Keith was born July 1, 1946, in Southern California and was a lifetime resident of Sierra Madre. Keith served the American Red Cross as a first aid instructor and assisted at more than 100 disasters in Southern California and across the country.

“When Abbe was called upon to serve, he served,” says Scott Underwood, Director, Disaster Services Emergency & Disaster Response. “We have many volunteers in the Region, but not that many who have served as long as Abbe has been a part of our family.”

In addition to the Red Cross, Keith was a past president of Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, which his family helped found and also a long-standing member of the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association.

A memorial for Keith will be held at the Church of the Ascension in Sierra Madre on Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross, San Gabriel Valley Chapter or Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team.

Along with his wife Sharon, Keith’s family includes his stepdaughter Andrea King, twin grandsons Sean and Patrick, twin brother Roger and brothers Bill and Riley, as well as an extended family of spouses and nieces and nephews.