THE daughter of Accrington Stanley Community Trust chair of trustees, David Keeley, has paid tribute to her father following his sudden death aged 79.

Mr Keeley suffered a heart attack while playing golf at Great Harwood Golf Club on Sunday, April 10.

He has held numerous roles throughout his life in East Lancashire, notably as a Labour borough and county councillor, a magistrate, an Age Concern trustee and helping out at several local sports clubs.

He will be most fondly remembered for his tireless work within the Accrington Stanley Community Trust, which he joined in 2011. He became chair of trustees in 2018.

His daughter, Michelle Keeley, said: "Dad was such an amazing person who helped so many people in the local community.

"We have received so many lovely tributes from all different groups and clubs that he was associated with and we would like to thank each and every person who has contacted us. 

"He will be sadly missed by all the family."

A spokesperson for Accrington Stanley said: "Our thoughts are with David's family and friends at this extremely sad time.

"David was appointed as a trustee of Accrington Stanley Community Trust in November 2011 and became chair of trustees in February 2018.

"He brought a wealth of experience to the charity as a former councillor for six years with Hyndburn Borough Council, four years as a Lancashire County Councillor and was also member of the Lancashire Police Authority for four years.

"As a former Accrington Stanley FC player in the 1960s - and a season ticket holder - David had a keen passion for the club. 

"He was the son of Accrington Stanley Hall of Fame player, Walter Keeley.

"David had over 25 years' service as a local magistrate and had also been a trustee of Age Concern.

"He was secretary of Whinney Hill Football Club, a post he has held since 1977.

"David was actively involved in the local community and his experience was invaluable to the charity.

"He will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Rest in peace, David."