The family of a well-known and respected entrepreneur, who lost his fight with cancer last week, say they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by support.
Keith Emmett senior, who has been described as a legend in the amusement industry, died at his home in Cosgrove on Friday, where he had lived for over 40 years.
Speaking to the Citizen following his grandfather’s death, Keith Emmett the third said: “For me, he has paved the path for all of us in the family; you have to carry on that legacy.
“He is a celebrity statue in Milton Keynes because of what he has done around here.
“It’s overwhelming how respected our family is after doing business throughout so many years; we have had so many tributes from people all over the world.
“We are being quite strong, but it’s a big shock, even though he had been ill for a long time.
“We have known it was coming, so it has been awful, but he went so peacefully in the end and that’s what we really wanted.”
The 79-year-old, who was born on Christmas Day, will best be remembered for putting on Campbell Park’s spectacular annual fireworks display for over 35 years as well as supporting numerous charity events in Milton Keynes.
Keith Emmett the third added his grandfather used to say ‘the looks on their faces – that’s what’s worthwhile – that’s what makes us keep doing it’, and says the family would like to thank Marie Curie, Blue Bird Care, Macmillan and Stony Stratford Health Centre.
Mr Emmett’s funeral will be held on April 15.