ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Keith Calhoun, 67 years old, born on August 19, 1953, and passed away on February 24, 2021. We will remember him forever. Keith grew up in Harlem, New York City, New York. Keith was predeceased by his wife of 25 years, Maddie Ross and his dog, Zee. 

Keith was an avid walker and brought a wonderful sense of community to our neighborhood and city. He was very engaged in anything you wanted to talk about - always appreciative and energetic. Please tell us a story about how Keith impacted your life.
Posted by Barbara Field Golden on April 4, 2021
Keith has been a dear friend for many years. I was at his wedding to my dear friend Maddie in NY back in the day. It's very hard to accept he's no longer with us.
My husband Fred and I visited them in Asheville a number of times and shared years of wonderful times together in NYC before their move.
He was one of the kindest, most caring and loving people I've ever known. We shared a love of music, books and poetry and I loved his wicked sense of humor and his honesty.
He had a strong positive spirit and a powerful energy.
I imagine him now happily reunited with Maddie and Zee.
All my love to his Mom and the Family.







Posted by Gerald Harbinson on March 20, 2021
We’ve known Keith for a couple of years...since one Sunday afternoon my wife and I were sitting on our front porch and Keith and Z we’re walking down the street. Keith stopped to say hello and within minutes we were in a long conversation about literature. He was one of the friendliest and genuinely nice persons I’ve known. I enjoyed hiking with Keith and Z at the Arboretum...spending 6 mile hikes talking and getting to know each other....or just hanging out on the back deck and shooting the bull. We shared a common love for 1960’s “underground comics”. And even though he wasn’t much into sports he came over to watch the Super Bowl with me ...and was a good sport about it. I was looking forward to more time with Keith this summer and we were hoping to visit NYC sometime in the future so he could show us his favorite places. I feel so sad that Keith is gone...but I’m grateful for our accidental meeting and the opportunity to get to know him. He seemed to live his life to the fullest and I think that’s the most anyone of us can do.
Posted by Noel Nichols on March 19, 2021
I met Keith fairly recently through my daughter Nichelle who invited him into our house frequently. He impressed as having a gentle spirit and soft spoken.
One day he got a flat tire in front of our house and he was not aware that it was flat. I had the privilege of changing it for him as he was accustomed to not doing so but extremely grateful. He words to me were. "I am so thankful. If there is anything I can do for you, let me know." Take care Keith.
Rest in peace.
Posted by brotherhug barlow on March 19, 2021
I first met Keith and Maddie before they moved to Asheville. They stopped in front of our house looking for directions to Maddie's namesake road, Madeline Avenue. We had a good chat as I gave them directions.

For several years, Keith and I did a 3.5 mile walk through the neighborhood. We had great discussions having had polar opposite upbringings. I spent my high school years in white, Christian, boys schools while Keith was experiencing the street life in Harlem.

Maddie's death greatly saddened Keith, but he and Zee developed a close bond through many miles walking together. Zee's death seemed devastating to Keith and I rarely saw him after that.

Many of us will greatly miss Keith and his wonderful energy.
Posted by Jan Hart on March 19, 2021
I was Maddie and Keith's neighbor and friend for years and couldn't ask for anyone better to be my next door neighbor. Keith was a very friendly person, always there to help anyone who needed him. I will miss seeing him walking down the street with Zee as he did this almost every day. If you were outside he would stop to chat. Sorry I cannot make it to the Memorial but my condolences to the family.

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Posted by Barbara Field Golden on April 4, 2021
Keith has been a dear friend for many years. I was at his wedding to my dear friend Maddie in NY back in the day. It's very hard to accept he's no longer with us.
My husband Fred and I visited them in Asheville a number of times and shared years of wonderful times together in NYC before their move.
He was one of the kindest, most caring and loving people I've ever known. We shared a love of music, books and poetry and I loved his wicked sense of humor and his honesty.
He had a strong positive spirit and a powerful energy.
I imagine him now happily reunited with Maddie and Zee.
All my love to his Mom and the Family.







Posted by Gerald Harbinson on March 20, 2021
We’ve known Keith for a couple of years...since one Sunday afternoon my wife and I were sitting on our front porch and Keith and Z we’re walking down the street. Keith stopped to say hello and within minutes we were in a long conversation about literature. He was one of the friendliest and genuinely nice persons I’ve known. I enjoyed hiking with Keith and Z at the Arboretum...spending 6 mile hikes talking and getting to know each other....or just hanging out on the back deck and shooting the bull. We shared a common love for 1960’s “underground comics”. And even though he wasn’t much into sports he came over to watch the Super Bowl with me ...and was a good sport about it. I was looking forward to more time with Keith this summer and we were hoping to visit NYC sometime in the future so he could show us his favorite places. I feel so sad that Keith is gone...but I’m grateful for our accidental meeting and the opportunity to get to know him. He seemed to live his life to the fullest and I think that’s the most anyone of us can do.
Posted by Noel Nichols on March 19, 2021
I met Keith fairly recently through my daughter Nichelle who invited him into our house frequently. He impressed as having a gentle spirit and soft spoken.
One day he got a flat tire in front of our house and he was not aware that it was flat. I had the privilege of changing it for him as he was accustomed to not doing so but extremely grateful. He words to me were. "I am so thankful. If there is anything I can do for you, let me know." Take care Keith.
Rest in peace.
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Shared by Megan Jackson on March 19, 2021
I got to know Keith just by passing him on walks around the neighborhood. My daughters always loved on his dog and he was always so present with us every time we saw him. 

Gone too soon.

Shared by Patsy Beyer on March 16, 2021
Keith asked me to join him in honoring Zee and commemorate her passing after she died.  We started at the French Broad Choc Lounge, downtown, where they traditionally started their evening walks wt a cookie. Peanut butter for Zee as she could not eat his fav, choc chip.   He got the cookie and we walked for abt 45 min thru their traditional route, stopping by the YMCA, galleries, Pack Sq Park. and Keith left abt 6 crumbles of cookies for Zee at their stopping points and Keith said some words to her at each stop.   
I will do the same for Keith and will retrace a new fun route he introduced me to in the RAD.  We were scheduled to repeat it when he had the stroke.   
Keith was my fav cruising buddy and left a huge hole in my life.   Gone too soon.

My real life hero

Shared by Nichelle Nichols on March 16, 2021
Keith was the change in the phrase 'be the change', making the world a better place. Never underestimate the potential of a neighbor walking their dog down your street to one day have a profound impact on your life. Be that neighbor. Keith introduced me to one of my favorite new phrases, "I treasure you". He was/is one of my heros and I admire him so. He was a stubborn, grumpy New Yorker while driving and one of the sharpest, most engaging, most appreciative, motivational forces I have encountered. I will miss him. I hope that we all start using "I treasure you" more in our daily lives.