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May 14, 2012
RIP God Bless
October 10, 2011
I am shocked to hear my favorite runner has passed. I had no idea. I lived in CT for a few years and used to purchase my running shoes from Mr. Kelley. I will never forget the day I went to him for advice about running a full marathon. I asked him, "How do I know when I am ready to run a full marathon?" His reponse? "Why on Earth would you ever want to run a full marathon?" What an inspiring man! I loved going to see him at the store and get his advice on the shoes I should get - I loved hearing his stories about running and seeing him there with his dog. I will forever miss him - he has truly been one of my inspirations for running!
September 5, 2011
Its been a week since Johnny J was called home and I miss his smile more than ever .. .
September 4, 2011
To Johnny and Jess' girls,

I had lunch with your dad last summer, I tried to visit him at least once a year after Jessie died. We always had a wonderful, always silly time. Laughing lunches was the du jour.

I loved your parents. My dad had just died October of 1981, I was young and Waterford Publishing (Sonalyst) had just signed on Tom Murphy and your dad to write and we would publish "Just Call Me Jock."

1981,I was overwhelmed with grief. Johnny, Jessie,Jock, Amby, Tom Murphy, Joe Smith and Judy Zimmer all pulled me through a very bleak time. I was fortunate to be enveoped with some of the greatest characters the field of running has and perhaps will ever realize. I am thankful for those incredulous memories. I spoke with Johnnie in March, he told me he had a cold. I guess he left out the details on the "cold."

I hope the three of you know that I am
a phone call away. 860.526.2775. Perhaps I may return some of the love and kindness your parents showered on me.

Priscilla Robinson
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