TRIBUTES have been paid to primary school caretaker Keith Latimer who has been described as 'the kindest man you could meet'.

Keith, who was the caretaker at Carlisle's Warwick Bridge Primary School, sadly passed away on Friday, December 22 at the age of 61. 

Before taking over as caretaker, Keith was also involved in the maintenance and care of the Primary School's iconic willow. 

Mark Ashton, Warwick Bridge School's head teacher, led the tributes to Keith. 

He said: "Keith Latimer was a great man to know and he always had time for everyone.  At WBS he made sure that he did his work to the best of his ability at all times ensuring that staff and pupils were treated with courtesy and respect.

"Keith was a great colleague who was the first in and last out of school every day. His calm measured approach was something that many tried to model and he will be sorely missed by everyone who worked with him at Warwick Bridge School."

Following the announcement of Keith's passing on social media by Ian Blair Undertaker many tributes have also been paid, by former Warwick Bridge Primary School students with one describing Keith as 'the kindest man you could meet'.

Ross Mattinson said: "The kindest man you could meet, who always had time for you.

"One of my favourite memories of Keith is one time I was picking my sister up from Guides at Talkin Tarn, and even though I wasn’t on the trip, he offered to make me a sausage sandwich on the barbecue and he really cared about getting the sausage the right temperature for me to eat, showing the gentleman he was."

"I’ll always remember your bubbly greeting that always made me smile, my thoughts go to all family and friends

"It is a very sad time and Keith was such a lovely man, he’ll be missed by many."