The following news story appeared on the T&M homepage:
(8 January 1964 – 28 July 2015)
It is with great sadness that Time & Matter report the passing of the photographer Jez Keefe.
Jez was well known on the UK gig circuit photographing acts as diverse as The Jim Jones Revue, Wilko Johnson, Slaves and a host of punk legends including Spear of Destiny, The Vibrators, Vice Squad, The Damned and of course the U.K. Subs.
Visitors to the Time & Matter website will be very familiar with Jez’s distinctive work as the site is littered with examples of his photographic skills. Always gracious, Jez was more than happy for us to use any of his pictures of the band and didn’t hesitate when we asked to use a selection for our 2012 calendar raising money for the RNLI. Jez’s photographs also made it in to more of the physical medium, with some of his work being published in the likes of Vive Le Rock magazine, the cover of Spear of Destiny’s album 31 and Subs fans will also know his work from its use in the CD booklet for XXIV.
"So shocked to hear of the sudden death of Jez, one of our key photographers, an excellent one at that.. He will be sadly missed by us all - Charlie Harper."
Hailing from Grimsby, Jez was very aware of the important role the RNLI played in the area and, again, was more than happy to have some of his work used in T&M’s 2014 U.K. Subs Tour Programme supporting the charity, he later donated a 42cm x 62cm print of Charlie Harper which raised a further £206 when it was auctioned on Ebay.
His sudden death at the age of 51 has left everyone who knew him stunned and has prompted tributes from band members and friends alike.
"Among the many talented photographers that frequent the Punk rock scene Jez was, for me, the most outstanding. We have lost a very special artist and person. I truly will miss him - Alvin Gibbs"
Jez was found sat at his computer where he had been working on some of his photographs and had died peacefully in his sleep due to a cardiac tamponade.
His funeral will take place at Grimsby Crematorium on 10 August at 13:40, with a wake and celebration of his life at The Kings Royal Hotel in Cleethorpes to which all are welcome, there is also an event page on Facebook here.
"Still can't believe the sad news about Jez Keefe. He was a great photographer also a very nice man. Thanks for taking many great photos Jez. I will never forget you - Jet"
Details of Flowers and donations:
It has been decided to support both Spear of Destiny and UK Subs charities. These are The Spinal Research Unit, Stoke Mandeville Hospital or the R.N.L.I. Cheques payable to either charity can be sent to Mashfords Funeral Home, Norfolk Lane, Cleethorpes, DN35 8BB
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"Just when it seems like life is so perfect, I go and find out that my buddy lost his. Jez you'll be missed mate, drinking a beer for you now - Jamie Oliver"
One of Jez's closest friends and gig buddy sent us the following:
"Jez first saw the U.K. Subs on the 8th May 1980 at the Cleethorpes Winter Gardens – to slightly mis-quote him, and taken from one of Jez’s blogs: I have seen the band live over the years and this line up for me is personally my favourite. Charlie Harper must have played hundreds, if not thousands of gigs over the years and shows no sign of slowing down. He is always in amongst the fans talking and posing for photos with them as are the rest of the band. A true punk rock legend. In Jamie Oliver they have the second longest serving member of the U.K. SUBS only after Charlie Harper himself. Jamie is a great drummer with talent to match. Jet is one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet and also an excellent guitarist. He has a way with subtle chords and powerful guitar riffs. For me Alvin Gibbs is the best U.K. SUBS bass player. He gives that bit extra in terms of drive and power when he plays whilst being no mean lyricist too.
For a lot of the time I sat next to him in his car – stood next to him at the front of the stage and invaded the merch stand to purchase all manner of items including sausages – in joke for Yuko. Jez was and is my friend, and, with the number of warm generous tributes paid to him, he was and is OUR friend."
Graham David Burniston (Dave) 1-8-2015
Mark and Rob would like to extend their condolences to Jez’s family and friends at what must be an incredibly difficult time.