Former musician dies

Former Halifax resident Keith Bellamy in The Talismen
Former Halifax resident Keith Bellamy in The Talismen

A former musician from Halifax has died in Canada after spending two-and-a-half years on a life support machine.

Keith Bellamy, who grew up in Mixenden, was left quadriplegic and went into a coma after falling off his bicycle when debris was caught in his spokes in June 2011.

While still in school, he and his brother Stewart, along with some friends, started a rock band “The Talismen” which later went on to compete in band competitions.

At one point, they even won a competition against a very early version of Ozzie Osbourne’s band, Black Sabbath.

He emigrated to Canada in 1975 with his first wife before remarrying.

After working as a heavy duty mechanic with Custom Truck Sales in Regina, Keith progressed to the position of service manager working for Volvo, Subaru, BMW, Acura, Nissan and Chrysler dealerships.

In 1983 he opened his own service shop, The Import Doctor, and then in 1993 Bellamy Autotechnic. In September 2000, Keith fulfilled his life-long dream of opening his own dealership.

His best friend Robin Hoyle, from Halifax, said: “A lot of people knew him from being in the Talismen.

“All the band members went to Oastler School, while his dad was a bass player in the band and his brother was a drummer.

“They started out playing in youth clubs and schools and went on to play in working men’s clubs,

“He was my best man and we would go on holiday together every year.

“The minister at the funeral said it was a ‘life well lived’ and that’s true. He was a very popular guy.

“He was the sort of guy who would do anything for anybody.

“He always put himself last and put everybody’s needs before his own.

“We went to see him when he was in hospital and we were planing on going out there again. We’re sickened we never got to see him again.”