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Tributes to Keith Bell

Tributes have been paid to Keith Bell, founder of K W Bell Group.

K W Bell Group was founded by Keith William Bell, chairman of the group, in 1965. The Cinderford-based company went on to be the biggest construction company in the Forest of Dean, building over 2,000 homes across Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and South Wales.

Keith's granddaughter, Nicola Bird, founder and CEO of construction school AccXel, shared the following tribute on LinkedIn, on behalf of the Bell family and K W Bell Group: "With heavy hearts, we share the deeply sad news of the passing of our dear father, founder, and chairman, Keith Bell.

"In this time of mourning, let us also take a moment to reflect on the incredible legacy Keith William Bell leaves behind. His impact on K W Bell Group, its dedicated employees, and the lives he touched through his community involvement is truly remarkable.

"As we come together as a family to support one another, let us honour Keith's memory with fondness and gratitude.

"The outpouring of warm and heartfelt messages the family has received is deeply touching, thank you."

Hundreds of people paid tribute to Keith Bell on LinkedIn.

Richard Markey of Markey Group wrote: "Thoughts and prays from the Markey family and everyone at the Markey Group to you and your family Nicola Bird. I haven't seen Keith since my school days with Dan, Tom and James, but I know what a pillar of the family he was. Wishing you all the best at this difficult time."

Holly Jones, chartered planner, wrote: "I'm so sorry to hear your sad news and sending condolences to the family. I always enjoyed catching up with Keith whenever I went to see the horses at the stable next door. He would often pop in for a cup of tea and ask if I knew of any potential sites for housing and tell me about his latest planning success! A perfect gentleman."

Nick Toye of M&E Building Services wrote: "I know Keith will be missed by so many people who had the privilege to have meet him. I remember meeting Keith and Pete back around 1999 and it feels like yesterday, such was the impact he had. Every week I drive past the office and Accxel centre with great fondness and will always remember his words and generosity."

The family will share details about memorial services and arrangements when they become available.

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