A FUNERAL will be held next week for local man Bob McKee - a well-known champion of library services.
He worked at Solihull Council for almost 20 years and went on to become the chief executive of what was then the Library Association.
Dr McKee, who continued to commute from his borough home to London, remained in the top job when the association merged with the Institute of Information Scientists.
Tributes have flooded in for the 59-year-old, who died unexpectedly last month.
The Oxford University graduate argued many times that libraries provided internet access and other services to people who couldn’t afford them at home.
Moving to the borough in 1981, Dr McKee set up the library at Solihull College, before moving up the ladder of local government.
He rose to become assistant chief executive of the borough council, before leaving to join the Library Association eleven-years-ago.
Sadly, Dr McKee’s death came just three days before his 60th birthday - he’d been due to retire next month.
He is survived by mum Nancy, his two children and daughter-in-law.
The funeral will be held at Solihull Methodist Church on September 9, starting at 1.30pm.
His family have asked for flowers to go to the Co-Op Funeral Service, Stirchley and welcome donations to the British Heart Fund.