West was an active member of Nurmijärven Latu ja Polku ry, a former long-term chairman, a member of the board and a leader of courses and excursions. He was already passionate about kayaking at a young age. Inspired by the Canoe College’s canoe building courses and youth canoeing trips, he co-founded Welho Nest with his friend Juhani Holm, who remains a strong player in the field of kayaking and outdoor equipment.
After that, West joined Finnair and worked there until he moved to more vacant positions, performing e.g. batch guide degree. In these assignments, as well as on the Nurmijärvi Trail and Trail excursions, he was a particularly good storyteller, which we close friends and hikers enjoyed.
West was interested in history, the recent history of Kiljava and Sääksjärvi were familiar to Keke from childhood when his grandmother lived in Kiljava. He also had a history of Nurmijärvi Latu ja Polku ry with a view to the upcoming 40th anniversary.
As a stubborn association actor, West made sure that the measures went in accordance with the regulations and the Associations Act. He also wanted to cooperate extensively and was e.g. as a liaison with the Municipality of Nurmijärvi and Metsähallitus. Keke also had good relations with Suomen Latuu, as well as the Canoeing and Rowing Association.
In his last years, Keijo worked a lot in the beloved landscapes of Kiljava and in Sääksjärvi. He was the host of Ladu’s hut, Veterans’ House, and e.g. In the construction project of the Mustasaari shed. He also served as a batch guide trainer and graduate.
The fairy was open-minded tour operator. More special were e.g. a trip to the roof of Kiljava Hospital and a tour of the Geophysical Observatory.
The fairy is remembered as a hardworking and cooperative person who was interested in the interaction between man and nature. Nature and culture also unite in him as a love for Aleksis Kive and To his seven brothers.
The authors are associates of Keijo West.