Leukemia battler was champion of the Warwick community
HE WAS a man who dedicated himself to many causes, a champion of the Warwick community.
Twenty-one years after he was first diagnosed with leukemia, Mike Keim's battle has come to end. The 67-year-old died peacefully on Christmas Day after many years of struggles with numerous cancers.
Mike dedicated himself to the Warwick community, working tirelessly alongside his wife Ros in a number of organisations.
His battle with leukemia sparked 15 years of service with the Warwick and District Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation.
The Keims were at the forefront of Shave for a Cure in Warwick, with Mike shaving off his beard each year.
Warwick branch president Graham Buchner said he had known Mike for more than 20 years.
"He endured so many operations and setbacks - it was marvellous how he managed to still keep upbeat," he said.
"He never shied away from anything even when he had operations he was still there all the way.
"He was a pretty smart man - he'll be missed by the community."
The Lions Club of Warwick was one of Mike's greatest loves.
Mike joined the Lions in Warwick in August 1993, having served with other clubs since 1979.
He served as president several times, as well as taking up stints as vice-president, secretary and treasurer.
Mike also served as a zone and regional chairman of the Lions Club.
Last year he was awarded a life membership.
Lions Club of Warwick president Concetto Lo Guidice described Mike as a "really good man" who was always there for the community.
"We were very close - we will miss him so much," he said.
"He did so much for the Warwick community and the Lions Club.
"He was there for the community - for the Lions - all the time."
Mr Guidice said Mike had received many awards for his service, including the Prof. Ian Frazer Humanitarian Award and the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.
Mike also had a long history with the Collegians Junior Rugby League Club, playing with the premiership winning under-18s team in 1965/66 alongside Wayne Bennett.
He also organised a successful 50 year reunion for the team in May.
Mike served on the Board of Benevolence and the Akooramak board.
Southern Downs councillor Neil Meiklejohn knew Mike well through his community involvement over the years.
When Cr Meiklejohn's younger daughter Caitlyn went through her own cancer battle, Mike was there offering his support.
"His supporting words were very much appreciated during Caitlyn's cancer journey," Cr Meiklejohn said.
"He has fought a valiant battle initially with leukemia, then multiple skin cancers.
"His battle is testimony to the size of the heart of the man."
Aside from his community involvement, many people would remember Mike from his 40-year banking career.
Mike began as a junior with the Bank of New South Wales in Killarney in 1965.
After leaving the area and working across Queensland, he returned to work for the Warwick Credit Union in 1995.
His father was one of original directors of the credit union.
After retiring from Warwick Credit Union in 2005, Mike helped Ros with their small business - Ros Keim's Couriers.
For 19 years the Keim's were up at the crack of dawn, delivering parcels around Warwick and Killarney.
By the time they called it a day in 2014, Mike and Ros hadn't received one complaint.
Mike and his wife Ros owned Ros Keim's Couriers, delivering parcels around Warwick and Killarney for 19 years.
Mike is survived by wife Ros, daughter Jody Collins, son Troy and their families.