A SOLICITOR from Ross-on-Wye who advised clients for more than 50 years across the county and nationally, will be remembered at a service in the town on January 28.

Keith Shawcross, who died peacefully at home with his family on January 6 aged 78, joined his uncle’s firm in Ross in 1963, after a change of career from being a violinist and music teacher.

Mr Shawcross kept his love of music and encouraged others to enjoy it too. Another passion was a love of motoring, especially hill climbs at Prescott, in Cheltenham, and further afield.

He had a strong following of business and private clients both locally and nationally – he specialised in buying and selling rural properties and businesses, from farms and estates to builders’ merchants and garages.

A colleague said: “He was very loyal and he had an unshakeable belief in client service – once a client had Keith acting for them, they would always want him again, if at all possible.”

He gave his time and expertise generously to many local charities, pro bono.

In 2001, his firm merged with Harrison Clark Rickerbys and he remained with the firm until his death.

Arpinder Dhillon, head of the Wye Valley office, said: “He is much missed. He was a wonderful friend and colleague, who was right at the heart of the office and of the town.”

A service of thanksgiving, celebrating Keith's life will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at midday at St Mary’s Church, Ross-on-Wye.

The firm added as a mark of respect, the Wye Valley office will be closed on that day.

Instead of flowers, his family has asked donations to Prostate Cancer UK, The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and St Michael’s Hospice.

Donations can be sent to William Bevan Funeral Directors.