To the Allen Family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Kelley. I met Kelley in Daytona as a teammate and I was fortunate to be his roommate along with Billy. Three young "kids" as college freshman. I remember Kelley to be a fun loving kid with such a good outlook on things and he had one of the best laughs...infectious. I often tell a story of Kelley swimming in the ocean for the first time. His grin from ear to ear as he ran toward the water and he couldn't seem to get enough. I am happy to hear he loved what he did and so many people were fortunate to have been touched by him. RIP.
I am just hearing about this tragic death and would like to offer my sincere condolences. Kelley and I swam together at Georgia Southern. What a nice guy he was and loved to have a good time. I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Six months later and Kelley is still a strong presence. I suspect he always will be. Today my daughter Bruna got to the wall in 4th and I could hear Kelley telling her: "hit the wall hard, hit it hard!". She left the wall in 1st and won. With KAH2O written with a marker in her hand. As she always does.
May God give you all love and comfort. I'm sorry to hear of the sudden loss of Mr. Allen.
We will truly miss Coach Kelley. Julianne and I saw him at a TBAY meet a couple of weeks ago and were recalling our fun times swimming way back when, and he told me you are still competing. He was very proud of you!! Kelley was my first masters coach and coached both of my children at CAT. We all loved him so much and are so grateful for his special contribution to our lives and the lives of all of his swimmers.
May his memory be eternal.
Love, the Tsagaris Family-Jean, John, Julianne and Stephen