A resident of the Bay Area for many years, Keith had been employed as a computer instructor for AT&T for the last five years. He was an accomplished teacher, chef, dancer, musician and singer. He was a generous and compassionate person who was deeply involved in the community.
Keith was a member of the First Congregational Church in Oakland and once served as Music Committee Chairman. Another of Keith's interests was buying, restoring and selling old reed pump organs.
Keith enjoyed square dancing and calling. He became a member of the Western Star Dancers in 1984 and served on their Board of Directors. He danced with both the Foggy City and Gold Rush Dancers. He was a coordinator and caller for the square dancing performance given at the Gay Games II. He also enjoyed performing with Jose Sarria's cabaret group.
In 1989, Keith joined the California Eagles Motorcycle Club and served as the club's Road Captain in 1990. He was elected President of the club for 1991. Keith served valiantly and well for as long as he could. As a token of the esteem in which he was held, the club has left the office of president unfilled for the remainder of his term.
Keith was born in Milton, Mass. on Aug. 1, 1950. Surrounded by family and friends, he passed away at his home in Oakland on Sept. 8 after battling AIDS-related cancer most of this year. He is survived by his mother and father, Marjorie and Al Bishop of Phoenix, Ariz.; his brother Richard, also of Phoenix; his beloved sister Elaine of Tucson, Ariz.; and dear friends Wade Kness and Terry Presley of San Francisco. Keith's memorial services were held at the First Congregational Church in Oakland on Sept. 10 with a reception afterwards on the patio of the S.F. Eagle. In accordance with Keith's wishes, his ashes were scattered in the mountains by the California Eagles and friends in October.