Keith Mizener, who recently died at the age of 87, was a driving force in the community all his life. He helped organize the baseball field and tennis courts at the Lion’s Park—he was a lifelong Lion—and coached many local hockey teams. He also coached a girl’s baseball squad, with his four daughters as the backbone of the team.
He was a director of the Brome County Historical Society and was an active member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, where his funeral was held on Saturday, October 15.
Keith Mason Mizener was born in the hospital at Cowansville on September 4, 1929, and died there on October 10 with his daughters by his side. He lived in Knowlton all his life in just two houses: one above his family’s general store across the road from the library, the other on Hemlock on the edge of the village.
Keith went to Knowlton High School and as a boy delivered groceries from his family’s store on a bicycle and horse and buggy. He spent most of his working life at Clairol, now KDC, as the purchasing agent. The company’s main product was hair colouring and his four blonde daughters said they were teased about dying their hair. They didn’t.
For many years Keith broadcast “Let’s Talk Jazz” on CIDI. His daughters say he had thousands of albums, CDs and tapes.
“My father had four passions,” said his daughter Sarah. “Family, music, and sports were three. My father went to every game we played. He was devoted to his community and did so much to make Lion’s Park what it is.”
Keith Mizener is survived by his four daughters, Leslie, Laura, Shelley and Sarah, nine grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. Janet Blackwood, his childhood sweetheart and wife of 54 years, died in 2005.