OBITUARY

Keith Alan Ellis

January 15, 1980August 11, 2019

Keith Alan Ellis passed away at the age of 39 on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Keith is survived by his wife, Amanda Ellis; Mother, Margaret Greenblatt; Sister, Sara (Patrick) O’Connor; Grandmother, Kathryn Thompson, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Joel Ellis. Keith was born in January of 1980 in Fort Myers, FL. He graduated from University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Master in Geotechnical Engineering and worked for the Florida Department of Transportation. He married his “everything,” Amanda, in April of 2010.

Keith had a voracious appetite for life; from building bridges to competitive shooting, he lived his life with passion in a tropical shirt! He loved to spend time outside: surfing, camping, hiking, and seeing live music. He was a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters for many years and often volunteered in the community. A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, August 17 at 11am at Blount and Curry (12690 N 56th St. Temple Terrace) with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Keith’s life.

Wear your tropical shirts! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay in Honor of Keith Ellis: https://give.bbbstampabay.org/checkout/4796

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, August 17, 2019

Memories

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Faye Ellis Candage

August 17, 2019

This little fella stole his Nana's heart from the minute he arrived on this earth. You can be sure he is tucked up in her arms being rocked to sleep for all eternity.

Larry Madrid

August 17, 2019

Keith was the first Construction Engineering Inspection (CEI) manager at Madrid Engineering Group, Inc. He helped us start from scratch, working with contractors first doing quality-control testing and then eventually quality assurance for the DOT . He attacked his job with the same fervor he attacked the rest of his life: with gusto and a smile on his face! He enjoyed problem solving and was very intelligent. So when he decided to pursue a masters degree in geotechnical engineering, I was all for it. Nothing worthwhile comes easy. The demands on the job, plus the extra class time and homework, were very demanding in terms of time and effort. Keith was as tough as nails, and he worked his way through it when most would have quit under the stress. I was very proud of his accomplishment, and it paved the way (no pun intended) for him to work for DOT. Speaking for his colleagues at Madrid Engineering, he was admired and will be greatly missed. Speaking for myself, I have lost a true friend and colleague and it just hurts inside. Amanda, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mark Hall

August 17, 2019

In the short time that I have known Keith he has always had a smile and someone that you could talk to in general conversation and talk about work. He always listened to what was being said. I have enjoyed working with Keith in Materials and he will greatly be missed. Prayers for the family.

Mark Hall

Brandon Moeller

August 16, 2019

Working with Keith you knew he had a love for his life. He spoke about positive things and always cracked a smile. Keith always made me feel welcome to discuss topics with him and he always listened to what I had to say. Keith was a leader and showed everyone by the example he gave on a daily basis. I recall Keith saying that he likes big beams!

Johnny Richardson

August 16, 2019

Many fond memories of Keith. Shooting pool with him at the pub, deep sea fishing trip for his bachelor party. He was a good man, a great friend, and loving husband. He and Amanda not only opened their home to Ann and I after a Bucs game, but served us dinner and offered their guest bedroom for the night.
My brother, you will be missed. Rest in peace. 🖤

Erik Lievano

August 15, 2019

Keith was always super cool to hang out with. I live in Huntington Beach California and the last time Keith and Amanda were out here we tried a few times to meet up. I wish I had seen him. So but last year I was in Merritt Island and they came over for the weekend and I remember when it was time to go out to dinner Keith was kind enough to let me ride with him and Amanda in their car so I wouldn’t have to drive... and the whole time I kept asking them “ are you sure you don’t wanna adopt a 49 year old boy? We can ride together everywhere like this” We laughed it up All the way to the restaurant.... What a great guy and what an enormous loss... His spirit will live on forever in our hearts and minds! ❤️

Carol Late

August 15, 2019

Amanda: Our hearts go out to you and Keith's family in this time of sorrow


John and Carol Late, Satellite Beach

Barbara Dennee

August 15, 2019

Remembering Keith’s outgoing nature when we first met him at the Dennee family reunion at Corolla. Sending healing heart energy to everyone that shared Keith’s life journey.❤️
Love,
Barbara and Keith Dennee

Sergio Corral

August 15, 2019

Keith is one of those types of persons that you meet in life and immediately just feel at ease with. He genuinely listens to what you have to say and takes the time to appreciate what you are saying. Then he en parts on you his stories and his experiences with such energy that you can't help but be in awe of his storytelling capabilities. I will treasure my memories of Keith forever. Thanks for coming into my life and bring a smile to my face. By the way, Keith was ALWAYS smiling! Always. I'm gonna miss you Keith, but you will never be forgotten.

Nate Levine

August 15, 2019

I met Keith online through our gun club. Having never met in person, we made plans to split a room for a gun club event. It was divine providence that we did so because I joked that we were going to start a Tiki bar in our hotel room. He came dressed for the party. Hell, he offered to loan me a Hawaiian shirt because I was sorely lacking.




FROM THE FAMILY