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Keith Norbert Ford

April 20, 1963 ~ April 12, 2021 (age 57)

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Keith Norbert Ford was born on April 20, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York to Robert E. Ford and Sybil M. Evans. He was born the 3rd child of 5 children. As a youth he enjoyed making and listening to music, Marvel Comics, basketball and art. Keith attended P.S. 110  Elementary School in Brooklyn, NY. and Eli Whitney High School, also in Brooklyn. After HS graduation, he went on to further his education at Baruch College in Manhattan, New York.


Keith was raised in a close-knit Christian home.  He accepted Christ at an early age.  Throughout his life, Keith studied the Bible, often having “spirited” discussions with other Believers. The Ford family fellowshipped at several churches in New York,  St. Paul Church, Cedar of Lebanon, and Mt. Zion.


Portia and Keith met at a social gathering attended by his friends and her Sorors. Keith was a divorced father with a son, Derrick Ford. In 2001, the pair became a trio when Kimberly was born and 3 years later the family expanded again with the birth of Aidan.  He was a devoted father who was involved with children’s education.


Keith was employed with RSBIHSI for 16 years as a Contract Care Coordinator. He was an advocate for the rights of Native Americans. He was well-liked by his patients, Tribal Members and co-workers. Keith’s friendly, easy-going demeanor, and compassion for others drew MANY people to him. At work, he would “go the extra mile”, taking a personal interest for those in need.


Keith had a great sense of humor, loved practical jokes, regaled everyone with endless stories about his childhood adventures growing up in Brooklyn in the PJ’s.  He was quick to give people nicknames; for example, Kimberly was “Kimbo Slice”, Aidan was “Adogg”, and Robyn was “Pooknut”... the list was endless.


In Keith’s spare time he liked reading, watching sports, movies (action, comedy, martial arts) and Anime’. He loved shopping for bargains, especially at the swap meet and pawn shops.  His love for music, gadgets, and electronics lead him all over So. Cal. in search of “deals”.


Keith was a character, as a kid and would often get in trouble with his catchy phrase, “Well what do you expect me to do?” He also would say “Quicker than you can say news breakers!” and “If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.”


At birth, Keith was tiny, weighing only 2 pounds 11 oz. As an adult he stood 6’5’ and weighed well over 200 pounds . He was determined to do well and exceed others expectations of him. “Keke” didn’t like to be wrong.


Keith was called home on April 12, 2021. He is preceded in death by his mother, Sybil Ford, paternal grandparents, Cory and Julius Ford, and maternal grandparents, Tom Dixon and Julia Evans.


Keith leaves to cherish his memories, Portia Davis of CA, sons, Derrick Ford of TX,  and Aidan Ford-Davis of CA, daughter, Kimberly Ford-Davis of CA, father Robert Ford of NY, siblings: Alton Ford, Regina Ford, Inger Ford and Robyn Ford all of NY; Aunts: Hazel Jenkins, Odessa Evans and Frizelle Evans all of NY; and Lifelong friends: Simmons Family, John Johnson, Randy Davis, Robert Earl, the Wright Family and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Memorial Service
May 1, 2021

1:00 PM
Tillman Riverside Mortuary
2874 Tenth St. P.O. Box 51628
Riverside, CA 92507

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