The family of Keith “Boe” Broughton is saddened to announce his unexpected passing on Thursday, June 25, 2020 while on vacation with his wife and daughters in Colorado. Boe was born in Manchester, England on January 8, 1965 to Ernest and Hilda Broughton. Boe attended Manchester public schools and later Manchester University earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. While in school, Boe was a keyboard player and one of the vocalists with some of his childhood “mates” in a band called Life. He and the band shared the stage with some of the most famous 1980’s English bands such as Duran Duran and New Order.
Immediately after graduation, Boe began his career with Otis Elevators as an elevator engineer. He worked for Otis in several English cities and several countries. One of his assignments took him to Saudi Arabia where he worked in the King’s Palace as chief elevator technician. He earned a reputation as one of the best problem solvers in the elevator industry. His knowledge of elevator systems and his experience led to his appointment to the International Advisory Board for Elevator Safety. Shortly after his Saudi Arabian experience, he was employed by Kone Elevators and transferred to Texas. He worked for Kone as a software and elevator systems engineer until health issues led to his retirement in 2019.
In 1997, Boe married Heather Potter and the couple settled in Plano. Boe was extremely proud to be an adopted Texan; and in 2003, even more proud to become a United States citizen. His British views on U.S. life and politics were insightful and humorous.
Boe enjoyed many hobbies and interests including movies, music, reading, photography, following world politics, and boating on Lake Ray Hubbard. He was an active sports fan and enjoyed watching all the Dallas area professional sports teams. However, his biggest sports obsession was being a super fan of the Manchester United soccer team. He never missed any of the team’s televised matches regardless of the time, day or night. His passion for this team was far beyond normal “fanship”.
Boe’s greatest passion was his family: wife; Heather, daughters; Alanna (16) and Leah (14). Boe attended many of the girls’ school and club events (soccer, softball, basketball, choir, gymnastics and dance), there to support and cheer for them, camera in hand. He was a caring and loving husband and father who was extremely proud of “his three girls.”
Boe was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Hilda Broughton and brother-in-law Paul Meadowcroft.
Boe is survived by his wife, Heather Broughton; daughters, Alanna and Leah Broughton; sisters, Anne Greenhalgh and husband Andy, and Janet Meadowcroft; brother, Tony Broughton; sisters-in-law, Rebecca Tessier and husband Bryan, and Beth McDonald and husband Andy; and several nephews and nieces.
Boe will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who loved him.
A memorial service will be held at a later date when his family from England can travel to Texas.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made for Boe’s daughters at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/broughton-fundraiser